Now in its second year, the Renovation Across the Nation initiative provides one Boys & Girls Club in each state with a $50,000 grant and hands-on support from Lowe's employee volunteers for a renovation project. According to BGCA, nearly four million young people between the ages of 6 and 18 spend out-of-school time at Boys & Girls Clubs. Combined with a new in-store donation program, the grants from Lowe's will help strengthen the clubs' offerings and provide additional support for at-risk youth across the United States.
The second year of the initiative was launched at the Preston Taylor Boys & Girls Club in Nashville, where Lowe's employees last year helped renovate a studio with the aim of engaging local youth in music and the performing arts. This fall, a new grant from Lowe's will enable the Cleveland Park Club, also in Nashville, to open a new studio featuring a stage, recording booths, a DJ platform, and top-flight recording equipment. "I'm thrilled that the kids at Nashville-area Boys & Girls Clubs will have access to these state-of-the-art recording studios, as I know firsthand the positive impact music plays on a young mind," said country music star Hunter Hayes, who gave a performance for the Preston Taylor club members. "I know creating a safe environment that allows kids and teens to discover their passions and grow will have a significant impact on their future success."
"Within the walls of every Boys & Girls Club, our dedicated staff and volunteers drive academic success, build good character, and influence health and wellness for our club members to stay on the path to a great future," said Jim Clark, president and CEO of BGCA. "Our partnership with Lowe's holistically impacts clubs by addressing areas needing improvements while combining the skills and dedication of Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers. Together, we're leaving a lasting mark on America's youth, our clubs, and our local communities."