Rebuilding Together, Lowe's and Meredith Corporation Revitalize Devastated
Homes in Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn
500 Volunteers to Rebuild Multi-Generational Neighborhood Ravaged by Hurricane
NEW YORK, June 3, 2013
NEW YORK, June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --On Thursday, June 6,
Rebuilding Together, a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes
Community Starts at Home, is joining together with 500 volunteers from
presenting sponsors Lowe's, Meredith Corporation and other key sponsors to
renovate nearly a dozen homes and community areas devastated by Hurricane
Sandy in the Gerritsen Beach section of Brooklyn, New York.
Rebuilding Together and its affiliates in New York and New Jersey along with
national and local partners are committed to rebuilding at least 200 homes by
2014. Rebuilding Together affiliates have already repaired and rehabilitated
nearly 100 homes across the region.
In Gerritsen Beach, volunteers from Lowe's, Meredith and other sponsors will:
oReplace flooring and sheetrock, paint, landscape, repair and replace
kitchens and bathrooms, and complete many other renovations
oProvide upgrades to Vollies Memorial Hall, a local community center that
supports the last remaining volunteer fire company in Brooklyn
oRevitalize the surrounding community, including the cleanup of Kiddie
Beach and the renovation of the community garden
Other sponsoring organizations include Aleve, Assurant, Brooklyn Community
Foundation, CBRE, Choice Hotels, Crate & Barrel, and Philips Electronics.
"Gerritsen Beach, a close-knit community located on the southeastern side of
Brooklyn, was devastated when Hurricane Sandy slammed into the neighborhood
with close to 10 feet of raging waters," said John L. Fiegel, Interim
president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. "Along with our partners,
Rebuilding Together is committed to restoring nearly a dozen homes and
community areas here. In addition to the important funding, Rebuilding
Together appreciates the hands-on work that presenting sponsors Lowe's and
Meredith are contributing, as well as the ground work by our local New York
affiliate and other partners."
Homeowners include families whose homes have been passed down through the
generations. Many families, including those with young children, veterans and
senior citizens, were forced to evacuate their homes for months and will be
able to return to safe and healthy housing.
In its six years of partnership with Rebuilding Together, Lowe's has
contributed more than $7 million to help low-income families across the United
States improve and maintain their homes. Lowe's partners with Rebuilding
Together to revitalize communities through neighborhood rebuilding events and
has helped renovate and rehabilitate nearly 1,000 homes.
"Lowe's is focused on continuing to work closely with our partners to deliver
funding, supplies and volunteer support to the areas hit hardest by Hurricane
Sandy," said Dennis Knowles, U.S. stores executive. "In partnership with
Rebuilding Together, we've been able to make a long-term impact by helping
communities rebuild and recover."
Meredith has a 12-year partnership with Rebuilding Together. Eight of
Meredith's leading brands –Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, Family Circle,
Traditional Home, Everyday with Rachael Ray, Fitness, More, and Ladies Home
Journal – are supporting Rebuilding Together's Gerritsen Beach Build Day
through an extensive series of print and digital efforts that will reach more
than 100 million Americans, including:
oEditorial coverage in Meredith's leading magazine titles
oBroadcast coverage on Meredith's nationally syndicated The Better Show
oCoverage on Meredith's digital platforms including its leading websites
and an extensive blogger network
oCreation of a customized digital destination (werebuild.com).
"Meredith has a long and rewarding 12-year history of community service and
commitment to supporting the mission of Rebuilding Together," says Steve Lacy,
CEO, Meredith Corporation. "We believe the incredible response by our
employees to help the homeowners and community of Gerritsen Beach reflects the
high value we place on volunteerism at all levels of our organization."
For more information about Rebuilding After Sandy and Gerritsen Beach, please
refer to http://rebuildingtogether.org/sandy/gerritsen/.
Follow the Rebuilding Together efforts on Twitter at @WeRebuild2013 and
@RebldgTogthr using the hashtag #WeRebuild or #RTSandy.
About Rebuilding Together:
Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes
Community Starts at Home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility
modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community
centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the
individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and
communities across the country. Our close to 200 local affiliates complete
nearly 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of nearly 200,000
volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday
good citizens. Join us — visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.
Lowe's supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12
public education and community improvement projects. The company's signature
education grant program, Lowe's Toolbox for Education^®, has donated more than
$36 million to 8,000 K-12 public schools, benefiting more than 4 million
schoolchildren. Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers support local community
projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity,
Rebuilding Together and the American Red Cross. In 2012, Lowe's and the Lowe's
Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30
million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To
learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.
Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP; www.meredith.com) is the leading media and
marketing company serving American women. Meredith reaches 100 million
American women every month through multiple well-known national brands and
local television brands in fast-growing markets. Meredith is the industry
leader in creating content in key consumer interest areas such as home,
family, food, health and wellness and self-development. Meredith uses multiple
distribution platforms – including print, television, digital, mobile,
tablets, and video – to give consumers content they desire and to deliver the
messages of its advertising and marketing partners. Meredith Corporation and
The Meredith Corporation Foundation contribute nearly $4 million annually to
charitable community and civic organizations.
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