Lowe's Awards $125,000 to Coalition
Lowe’s Home Improvement recently awarded $125,000 in e-gift cards to the Coalition for Home Repair to distribute to Members for building materials, tools, and other essentials needed to repair homes in vulnerable communities. The funds are supporting safer homes for low-income families, older adults, and veterans, and came at a critical time for home repair nonprofits as lumber and material costs continue to rise. Smaller member organizations received $1,000 and larger organizations are received $2,000. Additional funds were given to organizations repairing homes after disasters, and to the recipients of the 2021 Best Practices Awards.
With this grant, ReFrame members will be able to repair at least 114 more homes in 2021. During the past 5 years, Coalition Members have repaired more than 37,000 homes across the United States, keeping more than 89,000 residents in safer homes. These repairs are made possible by the help of volunteers who donated more than 7.8 million hours at a value of more than $223 million.
Becca Davis, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Coalition for Home Repair, said, “We’re so thankful that Lowe’s has provided these funds. This gift is significant to us and our members and couldn’t have come at a better time.”
Upon receiving their Lowe’s e-gift card, Coalition Member Randy Bonner with Ocoee Outreach remarked, “What a tremendous blessing this is to our organization, especially with construction materials up 35%-50% from this time last year. We are extremely grateful to have extra funds for building materials this summer.”
Home repair programs are invited to join the Coalition bto be eligible to receive future pass-through grants and other discounts and benefits.