Like Habitat, Lowe's believes that improving communities is not a do-it-yourself project. In 2010, Lowe's employees put in thousands of hours alongside partner families in local communities, from Chico, Calif., to Portland, Maine. Lowe's contributed $1.5 million in grants as part of the five-year, $20 million pledge we made to Habitat in 2009. The commitment through 2013 will bring Lowe's contributions to nearly $40 million since the partnership began.
Our work with Habitat has helped ensure safe and affordable housing for nearly 1,800 families in all 50 states. In 2010, Lowe's again was proud to support Habitat's Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Lowe's contributed $375,000 to the weeklong effort that helped build and repair 86 homes in Washington, D.C.; Baltimore and Annapolis, Md.; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.; and Birmingham, Ala.
Joining forces with homeowners, community volunteers and former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, hundreds of Lowe's Heroes dedicated their time and construction skills to help families in need. In Minnesota, the community revitalization work centered on 26 homes in the Hawthorne Eco Village in north Minneapolis and the Payne Phalen neighborhood on St. Paul's east side.
"At the closing ceremonies, each volunteer I talked with said, 'I want to do this again,' " said Marcy Weber, an assistant store manager at Lowe's of Plymouth who organized more than 40 Lowe's volunteers from nine Twin Cities' stores. "It's the most rewarding thing I've ever done."