Improving home improvement is much more than the catchphrase for Lowe’s and its chain of stores. It also serves as sort of a mission statement for Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation’s partnership with Rebuilding Together Philadelphia in the “Healthy Neighborhood” project currently under way in Overbrook.
This collaboration, which includes an influx of hundreds of volunteers and home refurbishing professions, will see the rehabilitation of 30 homes, with work lasting through this weekend.
The volunteers hail from a number of community-conscious organizations and entities such as Citrin Cooperman, Wells Fargo, HGTV and the DIY Network. Members from Rebuilding Together’s “CapacityCorps” will also pitch in.
“Creating safe and healthy living environments in the homes impacted by the Building a Healthy Neighborhood project helps bring vitality to families, neighborhoods and communities,” said Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation Chairman Marshall Croom. “Our Lowe’s Heroes network of employee volunteers will be hard at work with community volunteers in Philadelphia to help make a difference for the families of Overbrook.”
Lowe’s and Rebuilding Together will address the residents’ most pressing and critical needs, including interior and exterior renovations, accessibility modifications and energy efficiency fortification; volunteers will also partake in a community-wide cleanup effort and the installation of a new playground at the Overbrook Environmental Center.
It’s this sort of neighborhood synergy which caused Rebuilding Together to form in 1988 in the first place. Residents of Midland, Texas, all pitched in to help a neighbor whose house had fallen into disrepair and the owner didn’t have the means to repair it. The array of volunteers and affiliates has impressed others with their charity and, through the years, have managed to grow to 200 chapters and has worked with 3.4 million volunteers.
Rebuilding Together completes more than 10,000 projects a year and deploys 200,000 volunteers annually; and for every $1 Rebuilding Together takes in as a donation, it delivers $4 worth of services.
“Rebuilding Together’s core belief that everyone deserve a safe and healthy home is brought to actualization through incredible rebuilding initiatives like ‘Building a Healthy Neighborhood,’ and the sponsors and volunteers who support our work,” said Rebuilding Together President and CEO Gary A. Officer. “The work we do is absolutely essential to the continued sustainability of America’s communities, and we are proud to work in Philadelphia to ensure that its neighborhoods remain healthy and viable.”