Lowe’s Volunteers Show Why They Are Called Heroes

This September, about 50 area Lowe’s volunteers came to work at Sunrise’s Woodlawn Center, Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) in Danville. It is all part of a program called “Lowe’s Heroes” where Lowe’s utilizes work hours to send volunteers out into the community to make instant change for nonprofits. Once a year, stores from around the country choose one nonprofit agency in their area to make an impact. This year, Danville area stores chose Sunrise.

“Sunrise is immensely blessed by the compassion and hard work of our friends at Lowe’s Heroes,” said Sunrise Marketing Director Melissa Bailey. “We are grateful for community partners like Lowe’s who support our ministry because of the love they have for kids who are hurting. We couldn’t do what we do without them.”

The main focus for the volunteers from eight Lowe’s stores was remodeling Woodlawn’s Gibson Cottage, which had been uninhabited since the 1990s. At that time, it was used to house children and house parents. The volunteers also did some outdoor landscaping around Gibson Cottage and painted Woodlawn’s pool house.

Seven Lowe’s stores also donated about $28,000 worth of supplies and appliances, including refrigerators, picnic tables, about 4,000 square feet of flooring, interior and exterior paints, ceiling fans, light fixtures, washers and dryers, 100 bags of mulch, painting supplies, craft kits, art supplies, and rugs.

The timing of the help and donations couldn’t have been better. In January of this year, a massive fire burned down the campus’ activity center. Plans are being made for the construction of a new activity center and pavilion in the future, but the 27 boys, ages 6-18, who currently live at Woodlawn Center can now enjoy this newly-remodeled building.

“The Lowe’s workers showed up every day with smiles on their faces and willing hearts to do hard work and labor with many projects for us and had the most wonderful attitudes while working!” exclaimed Sunrise Program Director of Woodlawn Center PRTF Lena Kline. “It surely was a wonderful experience to see all of them across our site being positive role models and examples of stewardship for our boys! So we are thankful for their generosity and hard work and contributions made to our site. We are extremely grateful and look forward to a continued partnership with such wonderful people in our community!”

At times we all need heroes; to step up; to help; to do extraordinary things. And that’s exactly what Lowe’s Heroes did for Sunrise. We truly appreciate the partnership we have with Lowe’s and their commitment to making a positive impact on our community. We all benefit. And on behalf of the boys and Sunrise team at Woodlawn Center, we are all grateful.

Written by David Lyninger, Sunrise Children’s Services Associate Director of Communications

Kait Flora