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USA Weekend magazine presented Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation and Rebuilding Together® with the Make a Difference Day Award for our work serving homeowners in need on Make a Difference Day, Oct. 24, 2009. Lowe's Foundation contributed $350,000 in grants and donated supplies and volunteers to rehabilitate homes.

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation provided 35 Rebuilding Together affiliates with $10,000 grants to assist low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners with critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy-efficiency upgrades. Lowe's employees marked the event by participating in rebuild projects around the country. Since 2007, Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has contributed $4 million to Rebuilding Together to fund more than 350 projects.

"Our relationship with Lowe's has proven to be invaluable to communities and low-income homeowners across our country," said Gary Officer, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. "This national award is a testament to their steadfast dedication to Rebuilding Together's mission."

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation also was honored with the Preservation Honor Award for rehabilitating and stabilizing historic schools. The National Trust for Historic Preservation presented the award to Lowe's Foundation and the Rosenwald family. The foundation has contributed $2.5 million since 2008 to restore 41 Rosenwald schools in 11 states. The brainchild of Booker T. Washington and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, these schools in the rural South and Southwestern United States played a major role in the education of African-American students during decades of racial segregation. Today, with Lowe's help in partnership with the National Trust, the schools are once again vital community gathering places.

"Almost a century after Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald opened windows of opportunity for African-American children, the combined efforts of community leaders, the Rosenwald family and generous support from Lowe's are enabling a new generation to rediscover its heritage — and keep an inspiring vision alive," said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Lowe's also was recognized for our work to improve educational opportunities in the Carolinas. The Urban League of Central Carolinas honored Lowe's with its Corporate Partner of the Year Award. Since 2008, Lowe's has worked hand in hand with the nonprofit agency to fulfill its mission to promote financial stability among African-American families and others. In 2010, Lowe's employees volunteered more than 500 hours. Lowe's provided financial assistance to support the Urban League's educational projects, including a program dedicated to helping non-English speakers learn English and classes to provide technology skills training and economic and professional development for underserved adults.

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