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Dom Hurley, Lowe’s of New Carrollton, helped frame the Women Build house in Washington D.C.

   


Washington D.C. site: Dom Hurley, store manager, Lowe’s of New Carrollton


“My first experience volunteering for Habitat was when I was 11,” said Dom Hurley, grinning at the memory of a friend whose mother partnered with Habitat to build a home. “We were just kids, so we couldn’t do much – maybe pick up garbage and stuff – but it made a lifelong impression.”

That impression inspired Hurley to volunteer for Habitat years later as a Lowe’s employee. Hurley volunteered on Lowe’s build days at Habitat sites in the Baltimore area before signing on for Habitat’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project this year.

Now store manager at Lowe’s of New Carrollton, Maryland, Hurley coordinated more than 30 Lowe’s volunteers from several Washington D.C.-area stores to work on the Lowe’s-sponsored Women Build house in D.C.’s Ivy City neighborhood.

“Lowe’s is in the business of helping people improve their homes; something I think everyone can relate to,” he said. “We’ve helped out at schools and other areas in the community. When you see someone in dire straits, and you can help them improve their quality of life, it’s a great thing.”

The importance of home is something Hurley has come to fully appreciate since his first Habitat experience at the age of 11.

“When they handed my friend’s mom the keys to her home, she started crying,” he said. “I was just a kid, and I didn’t understand why she would cry. I remember thinking, ‘She should be happy. She’s getting a house!’ Now I understand how important that house was to her.”

 


Marcy Webber volunteered five days at the Lowe’s-sponsored Women Build house in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

   


Minneapolis: Marcy Webber, administrative manager, Lowe’s of Plymouth


A mother who’s raised her 5-year-old daughter alone for the past four years, Marcy Webber recognizes the challenges of single parenthood. So, the 39-year-old Lowe’s administrative manager felt particularly motivated working on the house she’s helped build for a single mother of four as part of the 2010 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Week in Minneapolis.

“We had 40 volunteers giving 40 hours each,” Webber said. The volunteers worked on the Lowe’s-sponsored Women Build house in Minneapolis’ Hawthorne neighborhood. This build marked Webber’s fifth time volunteering with Habitat through Lowe’s.

“Lowe’s is the greatest, allowing me to give back,” Webber continued. “Even though we have more than 200,000 employees, Lowe’s feels like one big family.”

Webber brings that family concept to her role as a Habitat for Humanity volunteer. “I believe in helping others,” she said.

 


President and Mrs. Carter pose with the volunteers at the Lowe’s-sponsored Women Build house in Birmingham, Alabama.

   


Birmingham: Patti Madigan, human resources manager, Lowe’s of Fultondale


Patti Madigan knows what turns a house into a home. She grew up with four brothers, four sisters and several other relatives in a cramped home house in Oregon.

“There were 13 people in our house growing up, and one bathroom,” Madigan said, laughing. “We grew up in hard times, but it was good. You learn to share. You learn to look out for each other. That was probably the most important thing I learned. You had to help out.”

During the 2010 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, Madigan, 57, helped out plenty on a Lowe’s-sponsored Women Build in Birmingham, Alabama. A human resources manager at Lowe’s of Fultondale, she frequently arranges for Lowe’s associates to volunteer on local builds.

“I always tell people, ‘If you come out, they’ll find something for you to do,’” Madigan shared. “It doesn’t matter what your skill set is, there is always something you can do.”

By week’s end in Birmingham, the house Madigan helped finish was ready for the Mays family, including three children, ages 9 to 19.

“And you can’t explain the feeling you get,” Madigan said. “I don’t do it for recognition. I do it for the way I feel. It’s a chance to give back, and that’s the only way I can do it.”

Lowe’s, a national partner of Habitat for Humanity since 2003, recently renewed its commitment to Habitat with a five-year, $20 million pledge. Through 2013, this commitment will bring Lowe's contributions to nearly $40 million. More than 238,000 Lowe's employees are dedicated to improving their communities; together, Lowe’s and Habitat have built nearly 1,500 Habitat homes. Lowe’s underwrites Habitat’s Women Build Program, and through skills taught at Lowe’s how-to clinics, helps women build simple, decent and affordable houses in their communities.