The landscaping industry in the United States is a large and successful field that has been helping improve commercial and residential lawns for many years. The industry as a whole has generated approximately $74 billion in revenue, but for one of the big players in the landscaping and home improvement business, it’s not just about making money.
Lowe’s has been dedicated to giving back to the community for many years through its Lowe’s Heroes program. The program is a company-wide volunteer initiative that encourages employees to come together to work on projects for nonprofit organizations in their local communities.
Last year, Lowe’s Heroes helped complete more than 1,200 projects in communities across North America, according to the company’s social responsibility webpage. This year has been another success, and even as 2014 comes to an end, Lowe’s employees across the country have continued to support local nonprofits through various landscaping and home improvement projects.
Recently, a team of volunteers from the Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Waterloo, IA raced to complete a landscaping project for a community service center in Cedar Valley before the cold weather made it impossible to dig up the ground. The crew removed dying plants, landscaped around the building’s entrances, and added mulch to the front of the building to help give the building a warm and welcoming appearance, according to the WCFCourier.com.
The community service building is nearly 60 years old but has been well cared for over the years. It is home to a number of organizations, including the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa Western Illinois and the Visiting Nurses Association.
Last month a group of volunteers from the Lowe’s Home Improvement center in Elkin, NC helped rebuild a life skills classroom for students at a local high school.
Starmount High’s old life skills room consisted only of a toaster oven, mini-fridge and microwave — hardly enough to help students learn essential home and kitchen skills. Lowe’s Heroes completely remodeled the classroom, adding counters, cabinets, a full-size fridge and washer and dryer.
“They have remodeled a whole kitchen. What they did was just amazing. They went above and beyond,” said Cody Hemric, Principal of Starmount High School, according to the Elkintribune.com.
Lowe’s has been dedicated to helping organizations in need throughout North America for over 50 years and continues to bring employees together to complete community improvement projects where they are needed most.