An energetic team of Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers from the new Fairfax City store worked with the RT-AFF Handyman Corps to complete repairs and modifications for an elderly couple in Arlington. The homeowners were having trouble navigating their front steps so the team installed railings on both sides, as well as an additional railing on a step farther down the walkway. Storm windows were installed around the house to improve energy efficiency and help the couple reduce their utility bills. The volunteers also repaired and repainted exterior wooden steps and added traction strips for safety. Inside, a new stair rail was installed and plumbing repairs were completed along with the installation of grab bars, a new sink, vanity and a comfort height toilet. The homeowners have a renewed sense of safety in their home thanks to Lowe’s sponsorship and the hard work of a great team of volunteers.
The generous grant from Lowe’s also allowed RT-AFF to install a new HVAC system for Mr. and Mrs. K and their family in Fairfax. They had come upon financial hardship due to serious medical issues. The grateful family is now living in better conditions while Mr. K awaits an organ transplant.
Lowe’s is a longtime national partner with Rebuilding Together and in 2015/16 awarded $450,000 in grants to 33 affiliates to assist low-income homeowners across the country. Since the partnership began in 2007, Lowe’s has contributed more than $12 million and the support of 3,000 Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers to revitalize communities and help nearly 15,000 people live in safer and healthier homes.
More than 200 volunteers from the McLean Mormon Youth Conference spent a beautiful June day working at Fellowship Square at Lake Anne – a community that provides housing and a supportive living environment for low-income seniors in Reston. The volunteers transformed the old dining room into a friendly gathering place by re-purposing square tables into round cafe-style tables and creating a gallery wall with images celebrating the history of Friendship Square. Outside, the teens and their leaders repaired a large gazebo, constructed a safer walking path to the gardens, refurbished benches and tables, repaired railings, painted curbs and parking spaces, and spruced up the grounds. The teens also brought donated supplies from the Bishop’s Storehouse for residents to use in their free commissary using their “Lake Anne Bucks” to stock up. The teen volunteers really put their all into it and had a great time serving the community, contributing about 1,000 hours of labor to Fellowship Square.
Check out the RT-AFF Flickr for lots more great pictures of the teens at work!
RT Express focuses on 30 key health and safety repairs and modifications that a team of 3-5 volunteers can complete in about half a day. One of the recent RT Express projects was completed for an elderly widow in Springfield who’s lived in her home since 1958. The project included constructing a railing for her front entrance, enlarging the landing outside her back door, installing new railings on her interior stairs along with rubber non-slip stair treads, and installing a comfort height toilet and grab bars in her bathroom. Mrs. W. is now much safer in her home and her risk of falls is greatly decreased.