Boys & Girls Clubs of America announced today Lowe's donation of $1 million for improvement and renovation projects at 19 of its Clubs across the country. Lowe's grants vary per Club and will fund needed repairs and upgrades including safety enhancements, new flooring, kitchen expansions and new porches.
Lowe's support helps local Clubs make critical improvements to ensure they remain safe and inviting places for youth who need them most. At many locations, Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers also donate their time and talent to help Clubs complete their projects efficiently and safely.
"Lowe's continues to be a valued partner that provides essential renovations and improvements for Clubs nationwide," said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "This $1 million investment helps Clubs to continue to provide welcoming and engaging environments where our members can feel safe and continue to achieve great futures."
Since 2009, Lowe's has contributed $6 million in grants and thousands of volunteer hours to fund improvements at more than 120 Clubs. In 2014, Lowe's support helped update 20 Clubs with improvements that reflected a variety of facility needs, including improving a Club's energy efficiency, planting a garden and renovating a kitchen.
"Lowe's is committed to supporting the future leaders of our communities," said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe's director of community relations. "We are proud to continue our partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs which provide safe places for youth across the country to learn and grow and start on the path to a great future."
As part of this year's donation, the following Clubs will receive a grant:
Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Alabama – Ozark, AL
$14,000 for a kitchen renovation and modification
Boys & Girls Club of Saline County – Benton, AR
$37,000 for upgrades to electrical system
Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County – Fresno, CA
$50,000 for new flooring and electrical updates to gym
Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos – San Marcos, CA
$50,000 for kitchen renovation and appliance upgrades
District of Columbia
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington – Washington, DC
$50,000 for safety upgrades including entrance area, games room, lighting, and security system and intrusion detection
Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County – Gainesville, GA
$50,000 for safety upgrades including bathroom facilities, flooring and lighting
Boys & Girls Club of Elgin – Elgin, IL
$45,000 for kitchen expansion to support more nutritional needs
Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana – Lafayette, LA
$50,000 for roof repair, upgrades to gym including re-flooring, removal of bleachers and painting, renovation of music room and teen center
Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills – Brimley, MI
$50,000 for new heating system for the facility
Boys & Girls Clubs of Newburgh, Inc. – Newburgh, NY
$50,000 for renovation of four classrooms, teen center and porch attached to main building
Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland County – Shelby, NC
$38,000 for bathroom renovation, update to check-in area
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte – Charlotte, NC
$50,000 for a gym floor renovation
Boys & Girls Club of Albany – Albany, OR
$23,000 for classroom renovations that will support youth in educational, arts and technology programs
Boys & Girls Club of East Providence – East Providence, RI
$50,000 for the addition of three more classrooms and bathroom facilities
Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe Area – Madisonville, TN
$25,000 for new carpeting and flooring, replacing air conditioning and painting of facility
Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes, Inc. – Marble Falls, TX
$43,000 for fixing floors, windows and walls, upgrade in lighting and security system
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Permian Basin, Inc. – Odessa, TX
$20,000 for a porch to expand Club programming and prevent water damage
Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck – Kilmarnock, VA
$20,000 for renovation of existing space to add kitchen and bathroom
Southside Boys & Girls Club – Norfolk, VA
$33,000 for ceiling tiles and flooring paint
ABOUT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.
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 $200 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 andLowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.