Habitat, Lowe’s embark on house-building blitz for hurricane victims
‘Operation Home Delivery’ pilot starts many new homes for storm-affected families
AMERICUS, Ga.(Sept. 27, 2005) – To provide rapid disaster recovery for families who lost homes in Hurricane Katrina and Rita, Lowe’s Companies, Inc is working with its longtime partner, Habitat for Humanity International during the “Make a Difference Today” launch of its aggressive hurricane rebuilding program, “Operation Home Delivery.”
Habitat’s five-day, round-the-clock homebuilding campaign is in concert with NBC News “Today” and Warner Music Group, and is taking place through Friday, Sept. 30, at Rockefeller Plaza (renamed Humanity Plaza for the week) in New York City. Simultaneous builds are going on in Jackson, Miss., and Los Angeles, as well.
By 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, volunteers from NBC and Warner, Habitat, affiliates, corporate partners and supporters expect to complete frames for more than 60 new homes that will then be immediately transported to the Gulf Coast region where they will be rebuilt when conditions allow. News of the builds will be featured each morning during the week on NBC’s Today Show. Segments from Jackson and Los Angeles will also be broadcast during the show.
“Habitat has seen incredible support for Operation Home Delivery,” said Chris Clarke, Habitat’s senior vice president of communications. “To be able to collaborate with new partners such as NBC News and Warner Music, and to continue to have the unwavering support of a partner such as Lowe’s, helps ensure that Habitat, working with its affiliates and volunteers, will have a profound effect on people’s lives on the Gulf Coast.”
Regarding Lowe’s, a national partner of Habitat and underwriter of its Women Build program, Clarke said, “Besides providing numerous employee volunteers with great expertise in framing, installation and finishing, Lowe’s is donating all of the lumber and building materials for all three build sites.
“Without this, none of this would be possible.”
Larry D. Stone, chair of Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, noted that while Lowe’s has provided onsite support for the American Red Cross in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Lowe’s was eager to partner with Habitat on Operation Home Delivery.
“Among the thousands of people in the Gulf Coast states whose homes were destroyed and lives turned upside down are hundreds of Lowe’s employees, many of whom have also lost everything. We want to do whatever we can to help those communities rebuild as quickly as possible,” said Stone.
“Lowe’s has been working closely with Habitat for Humanity for some time, and we’re confident that our efforts will help the families in our affected communities restore some sense of normalcy to their lives.”
About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for than one million people. www.habitat.org .
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 non-profit organizations and programs that help communities across the country. Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation awards more than $3 million annually 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 fiscal year 2004 sales of $36.5 billion and has more than 1,125 stores in 49 states. For more information, visit Lowes.com/community .