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Lowe's Continues to Advance Our Community in 2021

Written by Erin Morris    on November 29, 2021
#GivingTuesdayCLT would not be possible without the generosity of local companies like Lowe’s who have supported this local celebration of the global day of generosity for 4 consecutive years. We wanted to take this opportunity to highlight Lowe’s commitment to supporting local nonprofits and how they inspire philanthropy within their corporate culture.

What is exciting to you about #GivingTuesdayCLT?

When we invest in local Charlotte nonprofits on #GivingTuesdayCLT, we unite to make an impact. As we continue to rebuild and heal from the challenges of the past years, it is important for Lowe’s to help make a difference in our hometown, and support #GivingTuesdayCLT with SHARE Charlotte. During GivingTuesday, anyone can nominate a Charlotte nonprofit for a $50 Lowe’s gift card. This is one small way that we can help nonprofits in our community further their missions and we hope this will inspire others to give generously during #GivingTuesdayCLT.
 
What are some of the highlights from 2021 that Lowe’s is most proud of in supporting local nonprofits?  

It has been an incredible year for Lowe’s and our efforts to support local nonprofits. We were fortunate to continue building our existing partnerships and to launch some new relationships:
 
Earlier this year, we proudly announced our partnership with Renaissance West Community Initiative (RWCI). RWCI aims to end intergenerational poverty through a holistic community revitalization effort. It serves 1300+ residents in the Renaissance and Little Rock Apartments neighborhood and is focused on establishing transformative programs and infrastructure to support three pillars: mixed-income housing, cradle to career education pipeline and community health and wellness. Lowe’s worked with RWCI to develop a three-year, $3M neighborhood-based initiative, which supports its life navigator program, creates an onsite training center with a focus on skilled trades, and aids neighborhood placemaking.
 
In 2021, Lowe’s brought our 100 Hometowns Initiative to celebrate our centennial home. Lowe’s associates volunteered and worked with community members to renovate a vacant lot in historic Washington Heights. Lowe’s partnered with neighborhood leaders and the City of Charlotte to transform the site of the former Ritz Theater into a beautiful public space where the community can gather and celebrate the strength of their enduring neighborhood. The Ritz at Washington Heights project was one of the Lowe’s 100 impact projects across the country.  
 
This year, we were also honored to be a part of the Mayor’s Racial Equity Initiative, announcing $10M in support of the communitywide public-private partnership to advance racial equity. These funds will help create pathways to opportunity in the Charlotte community, including bridging the unacceptable digital divide by giving more families a reliable internet connection and supporting the transformation of Johnson C. Smith University. Lowe’s is also working with JCSU on a new retail management major that will prepare students for careers in one of the most important sectors of the economy and will reserve 10 offers for internships or full-time positions for JCSU students.


In what ways does Lowe’s encourage employees to get involved?

We are passionate about serving our communities and encourage our associates to support the neighborhoods where they live and work. Through our Lowe’s Heroes program, we allocate funding to each Lowe’s store for a project in their community that associates can complete together. In addition, we provide “Give Back Time” encouraging associates to take a day out of the year to volunteer with an organization that’s important to them.  Lowe's associates are also encouraged to serve on nonprofit boards and committees to share their time and talent.

What is one thing you would like Charlotte to know about Lowe's generosity that they do not already know?

At Lowe’s, we believe in action over words. Over the past few years, we have built positive and intentional relationships across the community and will continue to do so. We are honored to call so many impactful and inspiring nonprofits our partners. We appreciate that we are in a position to invest in our Hometown partners and want to thank them for their commitment to advancing and advocating for their missions and those they serve, whether it be preserving naturally occurring affordable housing, training youth and adults for rewarding and sustaining careers in the skilled trades industry or bridging the digital divide. On this #GivingTuesdayCLT, we thank all of our partners. You inspire us every day.