Lowe’s donates over $9 million to help keep homes safe and affordable in Charlotte

Lowe’s Home Improvement store is donating $9.25 million in funding, products and gift cards to organizations in Charlotte to keep “homes safe, healthy and affordable” amid the coronavirus crisis.

Lowe’s announced Tuesday it is making the donations in a combination of funding, products and gift cards to nearly 30 local charitable groups and businesses for affordable housing, skilled trades training and technology, the company announced Tuesday.

The Mooresville-based company is extending how it thinks about the word home, company executive vice president of human resources Janice Little said.

Little told the Observer the donations are another step in the company’s efforts to help with community projects. Lowe’s also has an employee volunteer program that has been focused on affordable housing and skilled trades over the last year.

“We really need to make sure that we can support all members of our community,” she said.

Some of the Charlotte hometown projects supported through the donation, according to Lowe’s, include:

? $1.67 million to Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region to support home repair, new home construction and two new apprentices for its apprenticeship program. Even with the COVID-19 pandemic, Habitat Charlotte Region has moved 26 families into newly completed homes.

• $1.33 million grant to the city of Charlotte for its Safe Housing Home Rehabilitation Program in the Beatties Ford Road Corridor to help with home repairs. It also helps older residents age in place and low- and moderate-income families be able to stay in their homes.

• $1 million to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation to create the Lowe’s Technology Lab at the new main branch offering technology help and classes.

? $50,000 donation to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Foundation’s Connect for Tech program to help close the connectivity gap for local students during the pandemic.

• $200,000 in gift cards to Charlotte Center City Partners for artists to maintain the Uptown Black Lives Matter and Beatties Ford Strong murals. More than 120 small businesses in South End and Uptown also received gift cards for personal protection and sanitizing supplies and to make repairs to adapt to new opening procedures.

Lowe’s also announced $55 million in grants this summer with the Local Initiatives Support Corp. to support minority-, women-owned and rural small businesses nationwide.

Since July, over 35 small businesses in Charlotte have been awarded more than $725,000 in grants.

Lowe’s has more than 2,200 stores and 300,000 workers in the U.S. and Canada.

Last week, Lowe’s announced $100 million in bonuses for hourly workers on Friday, raising it’s total commitment to workers and communities since the start of the health pandemic in March to $775 million.


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The King’s Kitchen in Charlotte feeding the less fortunate

When the coronavirus pandemic hit North Carolina, The King’s Kitchen did what they do best, serve the community.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The King’s Kitchen has made the decision to once again close their doors so they can focus on providing meals for community members in need. 

The King’s Kitchen, managed by Jim Noble Restaurants, is a 100% a non-profit restaurant, and the money they make from patrons goes directly to those who need it most.

So when the coronavirus pandemic hit North Carolina, The King’s Kitchen did what they do best, serve the community. 

Back in March, at the beginning of the pandemic, the restaurant paused all of its normal operations so they could focus on feeding the less fortunate. 

Several months later, the reopened again. 

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The restaurant said while they’ve noticed uptown is slowly returning to business, staying open during slower times is tying up resources better used to serve others. 

Between March and September, The King’s Kitchen has served more 110,000 free meals to the community. 

“Upon closing, our goal is to get back to a weekly distribution of 3,000 to 5,000 meals to people who are struggling to find permanent work and have a hard time getting food on the table,” a post on Facebook read. 

The King’s Kitchen is now asking for your help. Monetary donations and volunteers are both necessary and appreciated.

“It takes an average of $7 to provide one well-balanced meal to those in need. Currently, we, in partnership with Charlotte Mecklenburg Dream Center, are already serving 600 of these daily, but with your help, we hope to serve over 2,000 per day,” The King’s Kitchen wrote on Facebook. 

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Friends, We are temporarily closing the doors of The King’s Kitchen… again so that we can focus on meals for community members in need. While Uptown is slowly returning to business, keeping our restaurant open during slower times is tying up resources that we feel are better used to serve our neighbors.

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