Sept. 22, 2015, 2:13 p.m.

SOUTHMOUNTAIN CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES RECEIVES $73,124 LOWE’S COMMUNITY PARTNERS GRANT

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation funds Help Keep Our Children Warm Project

The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $73,124 Lowe’s Community Partners grant to Southmountain Children and Family Services for the Help Keep our Children Warm Project. Southmountain will use the grant to replace HVAC units in the homes on our Foster Care Community in Nebo, North Carolina. Our Foster Care Community includes 8 group homes staffed by Professionally Trained Foster Parents who care for children who have been removed from their homes as a result of abuse and neglect. The HVAC units at these homes are old, inefficient and not working properly. The Lowe’s grant will allow us to replace these units, not only in the homes but in the administration building on our campus as well.

“We are extremely pleased and honored to receive this grant from Lowe's," said Southmountain Executive Director Chris Jernigan. "Our HVAC systems are very old. Some of them have been in place since 1994 and we can't even find parts for them. And, as you can imagine, they are not nearly as energy efficient as the newer models of today. This grant will not only improve the living environment for our children but also help us save quite a bit of money each year."

The Lowe’s Community Partners grant program is focused on improving local communities by assisting nonprofit organizations and municipalities with high-need projects ranging from facility and technology upgrades to safety improvements. At many of these grant projects, Lowe’s also provides the hands-on help of Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers.

“The Lowe’s Community Partners grant program is dedicated to helping meet critical needs in our communities,” said Maureen Ausura, chairwoman of the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “By supporting Southmountain Children and Family Services, we’re contributing to a cause that’s important to our neighbors and customers.”

Founded in 1957, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has helped communities nationwide through financial contributions and support for employee volunteerism. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $200 million to improve communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico.