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2018 Impact Report

Habitat Revitalizes

Neighborhood Revitalization work is an important factor in improving the quality of life for residents in a community. It implements positive change at the home, block and community level. These changes are possible thanks to our strong community of partners.

Our friends at Lowe’s Home Improvement contributed $420,000 towards revitalization efforts in the Sharswood community over the past three years. Lowe’s aided the community on all levels, from revitalizing public facilities to funding home development and expanding resources for community maintenance. With Lowe’s partnership, Habitat’s vision for positive change in the community is becoming reality.

Lowe’s efforts this year culminated with a community volunteer day centered at Sharswood’s historic Athletic Recreation Center. The 100-year-old building, a gathering place for the community, now has a fresh coat of paint inside, repaired bleachers, cubbies for the pool area, miniature “free libraries,” an expanded garden, and a yoga deck. Now the bustling neighborhood hub can better serve its community in recreation and activity.

Lowe’s Heroes also helped rebuild the North Philly Peace Park, an urban community garden that provides fresh produce, green space for work, play, relaxation, and educational opportunities.

Lowe’s Heroes help build the North Philadelphia Peace Park.

The $420,000 in funding and volunteer support provided by Lowe’s Home Improvement made these projects, and many more possible: repairs to Haven Peniel United Methodist Church, funding of the LandCare program through the winter months, providing snow removal for elderly residents, and supporting community cleans up days. Lowe’s support has also helped repair more than 30 homes in the neighborhood in partnership with homeowners in need, as well as the installation of lighting and safety packages for 50 homes. Next, Lowe’s will support the construction of Habitat’s future 20-home project at Oxford Green, nestled in the heart of Sharswood at 2300 Oxford Street.

Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia is grateful for the support Lowe’s Home Improvement has provided. Lowe’s dollars and volunteer hours have helped impact a community of 5,000 residents in Sharswood who live near the Athletic Recreation Center. With their help, our ambitious plan for neighborhood revitalization in Sharswood is possible.