LAS VEGAS, March 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Spring may be on the horizon, but for 1,000 families across the country, the holidays are already looking brighter. This year, Lowe's and Habitat for Humanity are joining forces and working together with families to build or repair their homes by December. Many of these families will celebrate the holiday season from the comfort of a safe and stable home for the very first time. Habitat and Lowe's will launch this initiative by framing the first house on March 4 at the Kobalt 400, where they will be joined by NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson.
"In communities across the country, having access to a decent and affordable house is a challenge for many families," said Lynda Smith, senior director of corporate relations for Habitat for Humanity International. "This year, we're working together with longtime partner Lowe's to help Habitat families build or improve a place they can call home just in time for the holidays."
Johnson, a six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, will join Habitat and nearly 100 Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers to help raise the walls of Jamie Gordon's new home, the first of the 1,000 committed. Gordon has always dreamed of owning a home for her family, but faced the financial challenges that come from being a single mother. Now, she is able to build a place to call her own and bring her family together.
"There is truly nothing like spending the holidays at your home with family," Johnson said. "I'm honored to help frame the first house in this initiative alongside the Gordon family, and support Habitat and Lowe's in their efforts. This program will help families all across the U.S. establish a solid foundation, and provide a place to create special memories."
Over the coming months Lowe's and Habitat for Humanity will work to meet their goal through a variety of partnership events, including Habitat's National Women Build Week builds in May and critical repairs to homes throughout the year with Habitat's Neighborhood Revitalization program. During National Women Build Week, which leads up to Mother's Day on May 8, Lowe's will partner with more than 300 Habitat communities across the country to build and restore homes and neighborhoods.
"Lowe's has partnered with Habitat for Humanity for over a decade because we believe that a safe, stable home is a source of strength, pride and security for families,"said James Frison, Lowe's director of community relations. "This partnership allows us to provide valuable support in a special way directly in the communities where we live and work."
Lowe's partners with Habitat for Humanity to build homes and revitalize communities around the country. Since 2003, Lowe's has committed more than $63 million to Habitat and helped more than 5,500 families improve their living conditions. Anyone interested in volunteering can learn more at Habitat.org/Lowes.
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 nearly $250 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.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity has grown from a grassroots effort that began on a community farm in southern Georgia in 1976 to a global nonprofit housing organization in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries. People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.
SOURCE Lowe's Companies, Inc.