In an ongoing partnership that supports veterans and first responders, Lowe’s has committed $2 million toward Building Homes for Heroes, a nonprofit that builds and gifts mortgage-free homes and completes home modifications for veterans and their families.
Over the next two years, the donation will help to construct, modify, and gift as many as 75 homes for police officers, firefighters, other emergency first responders, veterans, and their families.
"We couldn't be more excited and humbled to partner with such an amazing and patriotic company like Lowe's," says Andy Pujol, founder and CEO of Building Homes for Heroes. "As one of our biggest national partners, Lowe's helped us reach our milestone 300th home last year. Thanks to this donation, we are looking forward to celebrating our 400th home in 2024. Nearly 100 homes for 100 heroes and their families in two years' time."
Since 2020, Lowe's has partnered with Building Homes for Heroes, donating more than $3.4 million to the nonprofit to help build and modify 112 homes to date. "It's a beautiful example of how corporations and nonprofit organizations can come together to make our communities and our country a better place in support of our nation's heroes," Pujol adds.
The organizations teamed up to gift a home to a World War II veteran who lost his home and possessions in a fire in 2021. And the year prior, Lowe's contributed to Building Homes for Heroes' emergency funding program that helped more than 500 military families during the early days of the pandemic.
Building Homes for Heroes is focused on delivering more homes this year, including No. 343 around Sept. 11, in honor of the 343 members of the Fire Department of the City of New York who died on 9/11. While Building Homes for Heroes works with various builders, including PulteGroup, Hillwood Communities, Highland Homes, and D.R. Horton, no specific home builder has been named for the upcoming projects made possible by Lowe's.
Joe McFarland, Lowe's executive vice president of stores and a Gulf War veteran, says, "We are proud of our partnership with Building Homes for Heroes, which is in line with Lowe's heritage of honoring and supporting military members, veterans, and their families with safe, affordable housing and community spaces."