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LOWE’S AND MEMPHIS HABITAT TEAM UP NOV. 13 TO BUILD AND BEAUTIFY IN UPTOWN

Lowe's Teams Up With Habitat For Humanity Of Greater Memphis To Host Uptown Neighborhood Revitalization Day 

Lowe’s contributes $70,000 and volunteer support toward new home and neighborhood improvements.   

[MEMPHIS, TN.] (Nov. 9, 2015) — Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis and Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers will construct a new home and work on neighborhood projects including the installation of  fencing for seven Habitat homeowners as part of an Uptown Neighborhood Revitalization Day on November 13.   

Lowe’s awarded Memphis Habitat a $70,000 grant to support the revitalization of the Uptown neighborhood. The funding is part of $1.2 million in grants Lowe’s awarded 14 Habitat affiliates across the country to support more than 300 Neighborhood Revitalization projects.     

“Our revitalization partnership with Lowe’s first began in 2014, as Lowe’s Heroes came out to help beautify the Uptown neighborhood and tackle blight. We are grateful to Lowe’s for their generous support and for continuing our partnership in the redevelopment of Uptown,” said Dwayne Spencer, president and CEO of Memphis Habitat. “Because of partners like Lowe’s, we are able to help families obtain affordable housing and improve conditions in neighborhoods.”     

The funds will be used to construct a new home on the site where Lowe’s and Memphis Habitat demolished a blighted property last year. Additional supported projects will include installing fencing for seven existing Habitat homeowners in Uptown, a neighborhood presentation on “Crime Prevention through Environmental Design” highlighting how to make small home and property changes to improve personal safety, and purchasing a van that will be converted into a “Mobile Tool Center” for future home repairs, neighborhood cleanups and beautification projects.   

“Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization program has made a lasting impact in communities across the country,” said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe's director of community relations. “Lowe's is proud to support Memphis Habitat to make a difference in the Memphis community.”   

Through Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization approach, Habitat affiliates offer an expanded array of housing services and partner with local residents, housing leaders, community groups and businesses to transform neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life in communities.   

A national partner since 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat for Humanity and helped more than 4,000 families improve their living conditions. Each year, Lowe’s provides grants and volunteer assistance to affiliates, supports National Women Build Week and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills.   

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis is dedicated to eliminating poverty housing by creating sustainable, affordable homeownership opportunities for families in need and providing critical home repairs to low-income homeowners. Since its founding in 1983, Memphis Habitat has built more than 440 homes in the Memphis area, completed 80-plus critical repair projects in Uptown and funded the construction of 64 homes abroad. Habitat houses are built with volunteer labor and sold to partner families, at no profit and with no interest charged. For more information, please visit www.MemphisHabitat.com.   

About Lowe’s in the Community
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $225 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.

Posted by Kim Morrison at 8:45 AM
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