Several executive staff from Lowe’s Home Improvement, including a local store manager from Fort Myers and the Southwest Florida regional manager, recently met with board members from Community Housing and Resources, Inc. to discuss plans for future partnership and support of CHR’s ongoing renovation projects on its 74 rental properties.
“As anyone who owns property knows, there is always a project to do, a repair to make or an upgrade necessary and CHR is no exception,” says CHR Board Member Melissa Rice. “We have purchased many building supplies, appliances and repair materials from Lowe’s over the years and this partnership shows Lowe’s commitment to CHR and to our community. We are so grateful for their support and generosity.”
Last year, Lowe’s played a huge role in providing discounted appliances for units as well as volunteer support for CHR’s signature fundraiser. In 2017, CHR will develop an even stronger partnership with the home improvement giant through the Lowe’s Heroes program where Lowe’s employees will take advantage of paid days of service volunteering for a variety of projects with CHR on Sanibel.
“Working with CHR was an easy decision,” explains Fort Myers Lowe’s store manager Leonard Kinzel. “Most people don’t put a need for affordable housing and Sanibel together, but when we heard about what CHR does for their residents, we knew we had to get involved. Not only does CHR’s mission completely align with Lowe’s purpose of Helping People Love Where They Live, it also aligns with our personal belief in giving back to the community where we live.”
Lowe’s plans to play an integral role once again in the upcoming 2017 Mardi Gras fundraiser on Feb. 11 at the Dunes Golf and Tennis Club.