Lowe’s and Habitat get building in 10 American cities
Hundreds of Lowe’s employee volunteers teamed up with Habitat for Humanity affiliates to build homes in 10 U.S. cities this Friday, kicking off the nationwide volunteer drive known as "Hammers for Habitat."
“Lowe’s has been one of the bedrock partners for Habitat for many years,” said Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford. “We’re so excited about our long-term partnership, the effort to get 100,000 new volunteers active in Habitat’s work and the ripples of impact that will come from that.”
Volunteers raised their hammers in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Charlotte, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle and St. Louis.
Some homes were framed and left in Lowe’s parking lots to raise awareness of the need for volunteers. One new home’s walls were raised in the middle of Times Square.
Hammers for Habitat, a new initiative launched by Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity, is aiming to get 100,000 new volunteers involved in Habitat for Humanity’s mission this year.
Lowe’s recently renewed its commitment to Habitat for Humanity with a five-year, $23.5 million donation.
Olympic Stain goes ‘Elite’
Olympic Paint and Stain launched Olympic Elite Advanced Stain + Sealant in One, an exterior stain line offering a new palette of wood- and nature-inspired hues.
The product is available exclusively at Lowe’s stores.
Developed for durability and incorporating Olympic Stains’ highest levels of protection against the damaging effects of sunlight, water, mildew and algae on the coating, Olympic Elite targets the homeowner who appreciates the beauty of wood and is willing to invest a bit more to enhance and protect with more beautiful and durable color, the company said.
The new Elite line introduces Woodland Oil — a series of super-pigmented, super-penetrating semi-transparent stains in Natural, Mahogany Blaze, Kona Brown and a gold-brown hue called “Mountain Cedar.”
"Woodland Oil penetrates quickly, even on exotic hardwoods. Elite also adds a semi-solid stain to the Olympic line, a bridge between semi-transparent and solid color for wood with more imperfections,” said Nicole Jones, senior brand manager, Olympic Paint and Stain. “The deck has become an extension of the interior living space into the outdoors — an exterior room for entertaining and relaxing.”