Categories: Serving Communities

Boys & Girls Club gets a fresh look with help from more than 300 Lowe’s Heroes

What happens when 300 Lowe’s volunteers from 12 stores unite for two days with one goal in mind? You get one totally refurbished Boys & Girls Club.

The Boys and Girls Club in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, services more than 1,300 children, providing them a positive place to come and a multitude of recreational, social, educational and vocational programs through which to grow. Since its inception in 1939, the club has been a haven in a community often filled with uncertainty for youth. And while it’s held up relatively well over the years, the club was beginning to show its age.

That’s when Lowe’s Heroes stepped in.

Each year, every Lowe’s store is provided $2,500 to fund a Heroes project of the employees’ choice. Teams at the Lowe’s stores in Market 873 in southern Pennsylvania decided to pool their resources to make an even bigger impact and they chose to revamp the Boys & Girls Club in Harrisburg.

“That Boys & Girls Club is in a community where there’s no question that it’s needed,” said Jamie Stauffer, store manager at the Lowe’s in Palmyra and one of the project’s leaders. “We [store managers] sat down and tried to think ‘how do we leave the club in the best shape we can?”

On Sept. 23 and 24, the teams’ vision came to life. The Heroes painted more than 20,000 square feet and completely renovated the art room at the club. They replaced the bleachers in the gym, restocked supplies and equipment in the vocational room and erected a new flag and flag pole in the club’s baseball field. Now, players and spectators won’t have to crane and strain to see the flag in a nearby car lot during the national anthem at games.

The impact of the work at the club is apparent and the kids are already enjoying their refinished spaces. But Stauffer is adamant that the work means just as much – if not more – to the Lowe’s Heroes.

“This is a great part of our job each and every year,” Stauffer said. “Everyone really looks forward to this.”

Watch the video above to see Lowe’s Heroes in action and to learn more about the project.