More than 100 volunteers from Lowe’s, local organizations and the community joined National Football League players to repair six homes in Atlanta ahead of Super Bowl LIII. The annual event, titled Kickoff to Rebuild, is hosted by Rebuilding Together and seeks to rebuild houses in Super Bowl cities across the country.
Over the event’s 24-year history, more than 140 homes have been repaired by 5,000 volunteers. Lowe’s has partnered with Rebuilding Together on the event since 2007, but this year marks the first with Lowe’s as the Official Home Improvement Retail Sponsor of the NFL.
Home repairs took place in Just Us, a historically black neighborhood in Westside Atlanta established in the 1950s during the height of the Civil Rights era. Now, the once thriving community finds itself in decline because of few resources and deterioration caused over time.
“Many homeowners who received repairs today have lived in this community for generations and are on a mission to revitalize Just Us to its former condition. Their homes are heirlooms, and their neighborhood is a unique part of the city’s history,” said Julie Yenichek, community relations director for Lowe’s. “As the Official Home Improvement Retail Sponsor of the NFL and long-time Rebuilding Together partner, Lowe’s is proud to lend our expertise to these critical home repairs while spotlighting an important piece of the city’s cultural heritage.”
Volunteers completed repairs that included interior and exterior painting, bathroom floor and shower tile work, insulation for proper home weatherization, light landscaping and installation of handicap-accessible features.
Students from a local high school also volunteered their time and hand-delivered Lowe’s “Safe and Healthy Housing” kits door-to-door. The kits, which contain items such as smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, weatherization materials and handheld tool kits, will provide Just Us residents with critically needed home items.
Click here to read more about Lowe’s partnership with Rebuilding Together.