Lowe’s Heroes Project Benefits OCO
Thanks to the generosity and dedication of Lowe’s Home Improvement and the employees of its Oswego location, residents in Oswego County Opportunities’ Behavioral Services transitional living apartments in Fulton can now enjoy a new backyard gazebo and patio.
The project was the result of Lowe’s Heroes program, an employee volunteer program that began more than 10 years ago. Lowe’s Heroes program encourages employees to come together as a team and adopt a volunteer project to benefit a local nonprofit.
“We wanted to improve our backyard and create a comfortable outdoor environment for our residents,” said Penny Foster-Pratt. “Since there was plenty of room we thought a patio with a gazebo would be perfect. While discussing our plans with Shawn Hyer, manager of Lowe’s Home Improvement in Oswego, I mentioned that while we could purchase the gazebo, furniture and tiles for the patio we still needed to find a way to prepare the area for the patio and build the gazebo. That’s when Shawn told me about the Lowe’s Heroes program and that he and his employees would be happy to volunteer their time to get the job done.”
Soon after, Hyer and several Lowe’s employees arrived at the house and began preparing the yard for the project. For two days they worked together as a team to level and build a foundation for the area where the patio and gazebo would be.
“They were wonderful,” said Foster-Pratt. “Not only did they work to prepare the area and build the patio and the gazebo; Shawn, through Lowe’s Heroes program, donated materials for the foundation and a set of stairs from the back door that lead to the patio.”
Since its inception the mission of Lowe’s Heroes program is transforming lives one community at a time. “Lowe’s is a home improvement company built on a single purpose – to help people love where they live,” said Hyer. “We believe that by working together we can build something better — for our company, our customers and our communities. Lowe's embraces teamwork as a core value and a key ingredient in maintaining an engaged work force. That’s why we encourage our employees to volunteer and have a positive impact on the communities we all share.”