Keep Phoenix Beautiful Receives $20,000 Grant from Lowe’s
Lowe’s Community Partners grant supports Phoenix-based community improvement project
PHOENIX (August 28, 2014) – Keep Phoenix Beautiful today announced that Lowe’s has awarded a $20,000 grant to support Keep Phoenix Beautiful’s mission to engage individuals in building and sustaining vibrant communities.
The Lowe’s Community Partners grant will provide funding for PHX Renews, a 15-acre vacant revitalization project located on the north-east corner of Central & Indian School Rd.
“These funds will provide resources and tools for our staff, volunteers and over 140 community gardeners at our PHX Renews site. We are honored to receive this funding from Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful”, said Tom Waldeck, President & CEO of Keep Phoenix Beautiful.
The Keep Phoenix Beautiful grant is one of more than 60 merit-based grants awarded nationally by Lowe’s to community-based affiliates of Keep America Beautiful (KAB) to support grassroots service projects ranging from building community gardens and planting trees to leading disaster restoration and recycling programs.
Lowe’s also provides support as a national sponsor of KAB’s flagship program, the Great American Cleanup, which takes place in 20,000 communities from coast to coast. This national program engages on average 2 million volunteers who take action to create positive change and lasting impact.
“The power of the partnership between the Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful can be seen in the work accomplished by Keep Phoenix Beautiful and the Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers who have spent countless hours to make a difference through our Great American Cleanup and targeted community initiatives,” said Jennifer Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Keep America Beautiful is thrilled to work with Lowe’s to continue transforming public spaces into beautiful places for a third year.”
Keep America Beautiful affiliates and partnering organizations received support from Lowe’s for 180 initiatives through the first two years of the KAB/Lowe’s grant program. Through this partnership, 130,000 acres of parks and public land have been cleaned; more than 886,000 flowers and bulbs have been planted; nearly 200 playgrounds/recreational areas have been restored; and more than 600 edible and community gardens have been planted.
Over the course of the partnership, KAB and Lowe’s have brought together more than 33,000 volunteers and 800 Lowe’s Heroes. Together, they’ve contributed 170,000 volunteer hours in their respective communities.
About Keep Phoenix Beautiful
Keep Phoenix Beautiful is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. We have been working in Phoenix since 1982 to promote the preservation and protection of our environment. With the help of thousands of volunteers annually and financial support from the City of Phoenix Public Works Department and many corporate partners, Keep Phoenix Beautiful dedicates its efforts to recycling initiatives and education, litter reduction, beautification, and community improvement activities. To learn more, visit keepphxbeautiful.org, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or view us on Vimeo.
About Lowe’s in the Community
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 100 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $200 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.
About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a powerful national network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit kab.org, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.
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