Lowes Charitable and Educational Foundation
(LCEF) and Eight Mile Boulevard Association
(8MBA) recently announced a major gift in support of 8MBA’s mission to engage businesses and individuals in local community improvement and environmental projects.
The Lowe’s/ Keep American Beautiful Community Improvement Grant of $20,000 to 8MBA is one of 120 merit based grants awarded nationally to support grassroots community improvement projects. These projects range from community gardens and tree plantings to litter and debris cleanups, recycling programs, park and playground restorations and beautification efforts.
"We are delighted to receive this grant which will allow us to continue to complete transformational projects on 8 Mile Road. As the only recipient organization of the State of Michigan, we are honored by this recognition for our work and thank our local affiliate Keep Michigan Beautiful for their endorsement,” said Tami Salisbury, Executive Director of Eight Mile Boulevard Association.
The grant will provide funding for the Eight Mile Boulevard Association’s revitalization process which includes the Façade Improvement Program and the Clean the D initiative. Both programs will improve the physical and economic character of the corridor.
Lowe’s Heroes, which is Lowe’s company-wide volunteerism effort is supporting the grant program. This initiative allows Lowe’s employees the opportunity to work on a project in their own neighborhood, helping to make their communities better places to play, work and live.
"Keep America Beautiful is proud of the positive impact that Eight Mile Boulevard Association’s project have, and will continue to make along Eight Mile Road," said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Matt McKenna. "We are truly grateful to Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation for its support and leadership that is being demonstrated in community sustainability."
Source: Tami Salisbury (8MBA) and Stacey Lentz (Lowe's Companies, Inc.)
Writer: Leah Johnson