Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation Awards $20,000 to Keep Akron Beautiful

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Donation to support grant program for local community improvement project


May 20, 2013 – Keep Akron Beautiful and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) today announced a major gift in support of Keep Akron Beautiful’s mission to engage individuals in building and sustaining vibrant communities.


The Lowe’s/Keep America Beautiful Community Improvement Grant of $20,000 is one of 75 merit-based grants awarded nationally to support grassroots community improvement projects including community gardens, tree plantings, litter and debris cleanups, recycling programs, park and playground restorations, and beautification efforts.


This grant will provide funding for a City of Akron, Public Works Department pilot program to install 10 recycling/trash receptacles in six City of Akron  parks that are highly utilized by sports teams, including baseball and football programs.


Paula Davis, President & CEO says, “Keep Akron Beautiful wanted to provide recycling on-the-go opportunities for families using the sports fields in Akron and to improve the appearance of the most utilized city parks by providing more trash receptacles. This grant will mobilize community volunteers from Lowe’s Stores in Fairlawn and Green to revitalize the park hardscapes by painting, picking up litter, mulching and planting.”


“Keep America Beautiful is proud of the positive impact that Keep Akron Beautiful’s project will have in the Akron community,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Matt McKenna. “We are truly grateful to Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation for its support and leadership that is being demonstrated in community sustainability.”


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 more than $34 million to 7,500 K-12 public schools, benefiting more than 4 million schoolchildren. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and the American Red Cross. In 2012, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.


About Keep Akron Beautiful

Keep Akron Beautiful is a 501(c) (3) agency celebrating 32 years of serving the citizens of Akron by improving Akron’s quality of life through beautification and responsible environmental management. For additional program information, visit www.keepakronbeautiful.org.