Rebuilding Together, Lowe's and Carter's Kids Repair Homes and Revitalize Hartford Community

Sep 20, 2013, 11:24 ET from Rebuilding Together

HARTFORD, Conn., Sept. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rebuilding Together, a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home, is teaming up with Lowe's and Carter's Kids to provide critical home repairs to five Hartford homes and install a new playground in the Northeast neighborhood.


More than 120 Lowe's Heroes employee and other volunteers will join Rebuilding Together Hartford on September 26 and 27 for this two-day community revitalization project. As part of the $60,000 Lowe's grant, local homeowners will receive critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and other safety improvements.

In addition to the updates to homes throughout the community, Carter's Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and promoting awareness of fitness and self-esteem for America's youth, will join Rebuilding Together and Lowe's Heroes to build a brand new playground in Brackett Park. Carter Oosterhouse will build alongside the volunteers and dedicate the new play space on Friday, Sept. 27.

"Lowe's has been, and continues to be, an active supporter of Rebuilding Together and its efforts to provide safe and healthy housing for families-in-need," said Charley Shimanski, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. "Lowe's Heroes continue to be a large part of our volunteer corps to improve the lives of their neighbors. Their impact and contributions are innumerable, and the repairs and revitalization work occurring in the Hartford community exemplifies Lowe's dedication to the community."

Since 2007, Lowe's has contributed more than $9 million to Rebuilding Together and successfully completed nearly 1,000 projects across the country.

"It is a pleasure to partner with Rebuilding Together because the work we do, not only benefits individuals, but impacts entire communities," said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe's Director of Community Relations. "Helping our neighbors make much-needed updates to their homes builds a renewed sense of pride and engagement that is contagious to others around them; and the gift of a new playground where the entire neighborhood can gather, strengthens the community."

About Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our close to 200 local affiliates complete 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of nearly 200,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us — visit

About Rebuilding Together Hartford

An affiliate of Rebuilding Together, Rebuilding Together Hartford has been bringing volunteers and communities together to provide free home repairs to low-income Hartford homeowners since 1994.   Our programs provide opportunities for community involvement. Through sponsors and volunteer efforts, we strive to impact communities and the nonprofit places where neighborhood members gather.  The vision of Rebuilding Together Hartford is a safe and healthy home for every person. We provide critical home repairs for homeowners in need, particularly older adults, individuals living with disabilities, families with children, and active and retired members of the armed services. 

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 more than $36 million to 8,000 K-12 public schools, benefiting more than 4 million schoolchildren. Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and the American Red Cross. In 2012, Lowe's and the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit

About Carter's Kids

Carter's Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and promoting awareness of fitness and self-esteem for America's youth. Founded in 2008 by TV host Carter Oosterhouse, the purpose of Carter's Kids is to increase the activity level of kids by building and developing community parks and playgrounds in their neighborhoods. These play spaces have been found to have a positive effect on the cognitive, social and physical development of the children who use them.

SOURCE Rebuilding Together