Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s Join to Celebrate Heritage, Homes and Community in Recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month

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¡Celebramos! Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s are joining together to

celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with two large construction

projects that will bring together Lowe’s Heroes, community

organizations, schools and local VIPS to celebrate Hispanic heritage

while building strong foundations for the future in partnership with

Dallas and Houston families. The project includes building two new homes

and completing critical repairs on three existing homes in partnership

with low-income families.

Lowe’s, a national partner of Habitat since 2004, is providing $200,000

to support the projects. Building in partnership with Dallas-Area

Habitat for Humanity, Lowe’s will join a single father of two

constructing his new home alongside volunteers from Trinity River

Mission, the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Voice of Hope and St. Mary

of Carmel Catholic School. In Houston, Lowe’s will partner with a single

mother of four building her home in partnership with Houston Habitat for

Humanity, the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Lakewood Church and

SER Jobs for Progress. Construction begins on Sept. 8 in Dallas and

Sept. 24 in Houston, with both houses scheduled for completion by the

holidays.

Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers and participating community partners

will also work throughout Hispanic Heritage Month to make repairs to two

homes in Dallas and one in Houston, working side by side with the

current homeowners.

“It is central to Habitat’s mission to engage people of all races,

religions and nationalities in our work to create affordable housing,”

said Mark Andrews, vice president of Volunteer and Institutional

Engagement, Habitat for Humanity International. “Habitat thrives on the

diversity of its partners and volunteers who bring so many varied

experiences and backgrounds to bear on behalf of low-income families.

We’re grateful for the opportunity Lowe’s has created to foster that

kind of collaborative spirit in Houston and Dallas.”

The initiative is part of Lowe’s current five-year commitment to

Habitat, which includes grant programs, project funding, how-to clinics

and underwriting Habitat’s Women Build program. The company’s commitment

to Habitat through 2013 totals more than $40 million.

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and

contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain,

Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation

started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson

and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day

period starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15. It was enacted into

law on August 17, 1988.

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.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian

housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by

bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since

1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people

of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or

preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by

providing training and access to resources to help families improve

their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to

volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org,

or follow us at http://www.facebook.com/habitator

at http://www.twitter.com/habitat_org

or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.orgblog

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