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Lowe’s Joins Habitat for Humanity to Provide Funds, Volunteers For Power Women Power Tools and Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity Build-A-Thon

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles’ Premier Build Weekend Event Announced for Sept. 29-30, 2012

Los Angeles, CA – August 6, 2012: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles announced today Lowe’s will return as the “Diamond Hammer” (title corporate partner) of its premier build events, Power Women Power Tools (PWPT) and the Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity Build-A-Thon (HFHFH BAT).

More than 500 volunteers will participate in the events at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City on Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30. The volunteers will build walls, which will be used for future home construction in the local community. Lowe’s became the title corporate partner for the events in 2011 and since then has committed more than $500,000 to revitalize communities throughout greater Los Angeles. Lowe’s provides hands-on support with teams of Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers working on-site each day and leading “how-to” clinics that teach basic building skills to participating volunteers.

“What started out as a way to engage female executives and the entertainment community to learn about Habitat for Humanity, has grown to be our two most anticipated events of the year,” says Erin Rank, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity, Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA). “Lowe’s has been a valuable partner with us over the years, and last year they really made these two events special, thanks to the support from local Lowe’s Heroes. Lowe’s is so much more than a sponsor. They really embody the spirit of giving, and we are thrilled to have them back again this year.”

A national partner since 2003, Lowe’s has supported Habitat through grant programs, project funding, how-to clinics and underwriting Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program. Lowe’s has been a longtime partner of HFH GLA, helping to change the lives of many hardworking, low-income homeowners. Over the past year, more than 200 Lowe’s Heroes have volunteered to build and renovate homes in greater Los Angeles; participated in special events and fundraisers; supported the Cornerstone Training Program; and educated homeowners with in-store clinics. Local Lowe’s stores in Long Beach, Burbank, Torrance, Hawthorne and the new store in Central Los Angeles have all supported HFH GLA with store events, fundraisers and volunteers. 

“Lowe’s understands the needs of the communities where we live and work,” said Marshall Croom, chairman of Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “The opportunity to work alongside our neighbors and construct homes for local families shows us firsthand the impact Habitat makes on people’s lives every day.”

Power Women Power Tools, now in its eighth year, attracts hundreds of professional women from various sectors, including corporate, entertainment, education and faith. This all-female, invitation-only event attracts a select group of L.A.’s “power women” to build homes side by side. Since 2005, thousands of PWPT volunteers have helped build numerous homes both locally and in the hurricane-ravaged Gulf region. PWPT will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity began in 2000 when writer, director and producer Randall Wallace established the program to rally the entertainment industry to support Habitat for Humanity’s goal of eliminating substandard housing worldwide. The Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity Build-A-Thon was created under that banner as a special event that raises much-needed funding and awareness thanks to its growing number of celebrity supporters who give their time and resources. The event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 30. Both events are by invitation only and additional sponsorship opportunities are available, including silent auction donations. To inquire about opportunities to become involved, please contact Jennifer Wise at jwise@habitatla.org.

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About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families and individuals in need to build decent, sustainable and affordable housing. Since 1990, HFH GLA has built and renovated more than 700 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. HFH GLA is a GuideStar® Valued Partner and has achieved the coveted Charity Navigator 4-Star rating awarded to nonprofits for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. For more information, please visit http://www.habitatla.org or call 310-323-4663. Visit our blog at http://buildingagreaterla.blogspot.com.

ABOUT LOWE’S

Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated nearly $5 million in grants to K-12 public schools every year since its inception in 2006. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross. In 2011, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $32 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.

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Media Contacts:

Jo-An Turman

HFH GLA

T: 310-749-6613

jturman@habitatla.org

 

Angela Moore

Starfish P.R.

T: 310-429-8868

angela@starfish-pr.com

 

Stacey Lentz

Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

T: 704-758-2173

stacey.c.lentz@lowes.com