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Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s help Americus clean up

Unique partnership benefits Americus community in tornado recovery efforts

AMERICUS, Ga. (March 7, 2007) – While Habitat for Humanity International continues to assess the long-term housing needs of low-income families affected by last week’s devastating tornado, the home-building organization is offering cleanup assistance for its hometown.

On Thursday and Friday, Habitat employees will take time off from their “day jobs” to provide volunteer assistance to the city. They will use donated tools and materials from Lowe’s in their work and at day’s end donate the supplies to the city to be used and shared with others.

“This city holds a truly unique place in the hearts of our employees, our many affiliates and our generous partners,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “While we don’t normally provide this level of assistance after a disaster, this is where our ministry was founded and we owe much to a town that has been and continues to be our home. We want to do everything in our power to help Americus and its residents through this trying time. Thankfully, we have a great corporate partner in Lowe’s to help us do that.”

Lowe’s has been corporate sponsor of the organization since 2003 and supports the house-building ministry’s efforts throughout North America.

“When a community suffers a serious blow like this, resources are often scarce when everyone needs the same thing,” said Chris Ahearn, Lowe’s Vice President of Public Relations. “To help Habitat’s hometown get back on its feet, Lowe’s is pleased to be able to donate cleanup materials and tools for Habitat to use and share with the community.”

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s is a proud supporter of Habitat for Humanity International, American Red Cross, United Way of America, and the Home Safety Council, in addition to numerous nonprofit organizations and programs that help communities across the country. In 2006, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded $15 million to diverse organizations across the United States. Lowe’s also encourages volunteerism through the Lowe’s Heroes program, a company-wide employee volunteer initiative. Lowe’s is a FORTUNE® 50 company with FY2006 sales of $46.9 billion and has more than 1,375 stores in 49 states. For more information, visit