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November 9, 2010 Published in EcoNews, Non-Profits

Rebuilding Together Volunteers Team Up With Local Companies To Weatherproof Homes for The Holidays

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More than 75 volunteers helped over 30 vulnerable Alexandria, Va. homeowners and their families get ready for winter and reduce energy costs by weatherizing their homes during Rebuilding Together Alexandria’s (RTA) Energize Alexandria event.   With support from Lowe’s, Sears, and Honeywell, volunteers provided free energy-efficient upgrades to low-income, disabled, and elderly residents’ homes during this effort held in honor of Make a Difference Day—the nation’s largest day of service.

One of 200 affiliates across the country, Rebuilding Together Alexandria works year-round to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize the Alexandria community. RTA—with the help of funders and dedicated volunteers—provides free home repairs and modifications to ensure that low-income Alexandria homeowners can continue to live in warm, safe and dry homes.  Rebuilding Together Alexandria has worked on more than 1,300 projects in Alexandria since its inception in 1986.

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The weatherization projects are being made possible by grants from Honeywell, Lowe’s, and Sears.  Funding was used to make improvements that include: replacing old appliances, furnaces and hot water heaters with energy efficient ones, installing weather stripping, outlet covers and programmable thermostats, caulking cracks around doors and windows, insulating attics and basements, replacing windows, and much more.

As a national sponsor since 2003, Honeywell has invested over $1 million in Rebuilding Together’s work, preserving and revitalizing low-income houses and communities. Through Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company focuses its community outreach efforts on important societal needs that align with Honeywell’s heritage, products and people. With Rebuilding Together, more than 1,500 Honeywell volunteers have repaired over 100 homes for low-income homeowners, and the company has also provided funding to launch six new affiliates across the U.S.

Rebuilding Together and Lowe’s have been working together since 2007, and nearly 370 rebuild projects have been successfully completed across the country through the partnership.  The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded $4 million to Rebuilding Together, allowing both organizations to make a difference in communities across the nation by providing safe, warm, dry and energy-efficient homes to homeowners in need.

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Heroes At Home, a program created through the partnership of Sears Holdings Corporation and Rebuilding Together, is dedicated to improving the lives of veterans and their families through extensive home rehabilitations.  This fall, projects have been completed in more than forty cities across the country. The projects include renovations for our nation’s veterans who are unable to live in their current home conditions, due to injuries or obstacles that threaten their avenue to a safe and healthy home.  To date, the Heroes at Home program and Sears Holdings has raised over $12 million for Heroes at Home through a nationwide in-store fund-raising campaign.  Rebuilding Together has completed over 750 projects for veteran homeowners across the country.

About Honeywell

Honeywell is a Fortune 100 company that invents and manufactures technologies to address tough challenges linked to global megatrends such as safety, security, and energy.  Today, the company has over 122,000 employees worldwide with 50% of its products and solutions providing energy efficiency benefits.  For more information, visit Honeywell.com.

About Lowe’s

Lowe’s is a proud supporter of Rebuilding Together, American Red Cross, SkillsUSA/Skills Canada, and The Nature Conservancy, in addition to numerous non-profit organizations and programs that help communities in North America. In 2009, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support community and education projects in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Lowe’s also encourages volunteerism through the Lowe’s Heroes program, a company-wide employee volunteer initiative. Lowe’s is a FORTUNE® 50 company with fiscal year 2009 sales of $47.2 billion and has more than 1,700 stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico.  For more information, visit Lowes.com/community.

About Sears

Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (Nasdaq: SHLD), is a leading broadline retailer providing related services. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through more than 2,300 Sears-branded and affiliated stores in the United States and Canada, which includes approximately 929 full-line and approximately 1,200  specialty stores in the U.S. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com, and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard and Lands’ End — among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. Sears, Roebuck is the 2010 ENERGY STAR Retail Partner of the Year. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with more than 12 million service calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck Web site at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation Web site at www.searsholdings.com.

About Rebuilding Together Alexandria

Rebuilding Together Alexandria is an award winning non-profit dedicated to repairing and revitalizing homes for homeowners in need, including elderly, disabled, military veterans and families in need. Over the last 24 years, RTA has received help and donations from thousands of volunteers and groups to provide the free home repairs. To date, in-kind donations of labor and materials have resulted in $5.25 million worth of value for the residents of the City of Alexandria. To learn more, go to www.rebuildingtogetheralex.org or call 703-836-1021.