WHAT: Rebuilding Together volunteers and Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers will work together to revitalize 30 homes in the Overbrook neighborhood of Philadelphia as part of Rebuilding Together's Building a Healthy Neighborhood project. The three-day revitalization project will ensure that homes are preserved and restored to a healthy standard of living, at no-cost to the homeowner. In addition, a new playground and garden will be built at the Overbrook Environmental Education Center (OEEC). Building a Healthy Neighborhood Philadelphia will transform aging and vulnerable housing into safe and healthy housing - the cornerstone of Rebuilding Together's mission.
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WHEN: June 14, 15 and 16, 2012, volunteers will be working from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm daily - media opportunities available all day
Specific Moments of Note:
- Thursday, June 14
- Kick-off at 8:00am
- Friday, June 15
- 12:30pm- 1:00pm, Playground Dedication - OEEC
- 6:30pm-7:00pm, Good Neighbor Award Celebration - OEEC
- Saturday, June 16
- 12:30pm-1:00pm -Community Celebration - Overbrook Elementary School
WHO/INTERVIEW OP: CALL CONTACTS BELOW FOR DETAILS ON SPECIFIC TIMES FOR EACH GUEST
- Jane Vincent, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator for Philadelphia (and other HUD officials)
- The Honorable Robert Brady, U.S. House of Representatives (PA-1st)
- Carter Oosterhouse, Host of HGTV's Carter Can. Million Dollar Rooms
- Michael Baisden, National Radio Host, Michael Baisden Show
- Members of Philadelphia's Soul Arena Football & Dance Team
- Volunteers from Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation
- Brad Segal, Rebuilding Together, Chairman, National Board
- Lowe's Heroes volunteers
- Carrie Rathman, Executive Director, Rebuilding Together Philadelphia
- Homeowners in the Overbrook Neighborhood
WHERE: Media Check-In is located at 62nd Street and Lancaster
WHY: Philadelphia is home to more than 1.5 million people and is one of our nation's oldest and most historic cities. Many of Philadelphia's neighborhoods suffer from a high rate of aging housing, as more than 40 percent of the homes were built before 1930. Homeowners living at the poverty line are often unable to attend to the needs of an older home, as they must choose to address other basic living needs.
Building a Healthy Neighborhood will showcase the positive effects of a neighborhood that is transformed into a viable and sustainable community.
Becky Carter, Rebuilding Together, (202) 518-3500
Janice Daue Walker, JD Walker Communications, (781) 290-6528
Sarah-Frances Wallace, Lowe's Companies, Inc - 704.758.4339
About Rebuilding Together: Rebuilding Together believes in a safe and healthy home for every person. Rebuilding Together provides critical repairs to an existing home, addressing both structural issues and those that affect the health of the homeowners. House by house, block by block, we work with our nearly 200 affiliates, 200,000 volunteers, who are skilled tradespersons, corporate partners and everyday citizens, to repair homes, to stabilize and revitalize communities. For nearly 25 years, we have seen the benefits when people remain in their homes: lives are improved and communities are revived.
See the difference we make at www.RebuildingTogether.org. You can also follow Rebuilding Together on Twitter @rebldgtogthr or become a fan on Facebook at Facebook.com/RebuildingTogether. Media Contact: BCarter@rebuildingtogether.org
About Carter's Kids Carter's Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and promoting awareness of fitness and self-esteem for America's youth. The purpose is to increase the activity level of kids by building and developing community parks and playgrounds in their neighborhoods. The kids then have the opportunity to take an active part in building up their community by using, sharing, and caring for these public spaces. www.carteroosterhouse.com
About Lowe's 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 nearly $5 million in grants to K-12 public schools every year since its inception in 2006. Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross. In 2011, Lowe's and the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $32 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.
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SOURCE Rebuilding Together