The Mooresville-based Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to the First Response Team of America, a nonprofit organization that works alongside emergency teams responding to disasters.
Lowe’s and the First Response Team are currently helping families and communities recover from recent floods in Colorado.
Founded in 2007 by Long Island, N.Y., native Tad Agoglia, the team uses specialized trucks and equipment to immediately assist after a disaster, when communities often must fend for themselves because rescue resources are damaged, inaccessible or unavailable. The team has responded to more than 50 large-scale disasters, including Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the first year of Lowe’s partnership.
In 2012, Lowe’s employee volunteers, known as Lowe’s Heroes, supported projects from Louisiana to New York. Lowe’s Heroes joined the First Response Team in Live Oak, Fla., to clean up after Tropical Storm Debby. Later in the year, Lowe’s Heroes partnered with the team after Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana and tornadoes in Lancaster, Pa., and Elmira, N.Y.
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