In 2010, Lowe's and Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation supported more than 3,100 community and education projects in the United States, Canada and Mexico through grants totaling more than $30 million. We take a collaborative approach to improving the communities we serve because we believe we can make the most progress through partnerships. We partnered with 15 major nonprofit organizations in 2010. With Lowe's recent expansion to Mexico and from eastern to western Canada, we continue to build new relationships that will help us serve our growing family of neighbors.
Our mission is to provide impactful support to local communities. We've stepped up our efforts to help families and communities manage through challenging economic times.
- With schools scrambling to fill fundamental needs at a time of budget, staff and program cuts, Lowe's Toolbox for Education® provided more than $4.2 million to nearly 1,000 schools in all 50 states. Funded by Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, Lowe's Toolbox for Education has donated nearly $25 million since 2006, benefiting more than 3 million schoolchildren.
- Lowe's continued to explore new opportunities and develop new programs to enhance our longstanding partnerships with Habitat for Humanity® and Rebuilding Together®. Through our participation in Habitat's Carter Work Project and a national home weatherization initiative with Rebuilding Together, we worked together to help revitalize entire neighborhoods and provide and preserve safe and affordable homes across the country.
- We also expanded our support of trades and technology education with new five-year commitments to SkillsUSA® and Skills/Compétences Canada. Together, we're helping to create the future leaders needed for a 21st-century skilled work force.
Fulfilling our commitment is about more than writing checks, though. It's about making an impact. We do that with the help of the Lowe's family — 234,000 employees who are dedicated to making their community a better place to live. Employee volunteers have joined together to provide thousands of hours of support to local communities since the late 1990s as part of the Lowe's Heroes program. Our employees' willingness to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty has helped engage our entire work force. As Lowe's ambassadors, they reinforce our culture of caring and spread awareness of our mission to every new community we enter.