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Lowe’s gives $2.5 million for Boys & Girls Clubs in 50 states to renovate

Lowe’s employees helped renovate the Belmont Boys & Girls Club in 2015 and Lowe’s says more staffers will help in the coming year with work on the Milton Road Boys & Girls Club.
Lowe’s employees helped renovate the Belmont Boys & Girls Club in 2015 and Lowe’s says more staffers will help in the coming year with work on the Milton Road Boys & Girls Club. ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

Mooresville-based Lowe’s is donating $2.5 million to the nation’s Boys & Girls Clubs, to be evenly divided among 50 clubs for renovation work on their club facilities.

Included among the 50 clubs – one in each state – is Charlotte’s Boys & Girls Clubs, which is operated through the Salvation Army.

Salvation Army officials intend to use the $50,000 grant to expand a teen room at the club’s site at 2901 Milton Road. The Charlotte Boys & Girls Clubs chapter has a national reputation for innovation, including being the first in the nation to open a club within the confines of a homeless shelter, the Center of Hope.

The club getting $50,000 in South Carolina is located in Spartanburg, Lowe’s officials said.

Lowe’s says the mission of the Boys & Girls Club is what prompted the nation-wide funding grant. The clubs are typically located in low income areas and provide places for students to be mentored and helped with their education. The money is intended to “enhance both the environment and the experience for more than 50,000 Club members,” Lowe’s said.

“Since 2009, Lowe’s and Boys & Girls Clubs of America have refurbished and improved 130 Clubs across the country to provide young people with safe places to learn and grow,” said James Frison, Lowe’s director of community relations.

“We’re significantly expanding that partnership this year...so we can make a larger impact on kids and teens who will become our leaders of tomorrow...in the communities we serve.”

Jim Clark, president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, said the repairs are critically needed.

Lowe’s will support a wide range of enhancements for the 50 clubs, ranging from kitchen repairs to amenities that influence creativity and well-being like music studios and counseling spaces. Lowe’s employees are expected to provide help in completing the repairs.

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