On Saturday, September 10th 2016, more than 50 residents from the Riverdale community gathered at the Riverdale Heights Volunteer Fire Department to celebrate the conclusion of the Lowe’s Neighborhood Beautification Challenge, a community partnership project between Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland, Lowe’s, and the RRC Community Association.
A neighborhood revitalization grant provided by Lowe’s allowed 40 families to receive $500 Lowe’s gift cards that each family then used to improve the exterior of their homes. Some of the projects that were completed included house painting, installing porch railings and storm doors, landscaping, concrete walkway clean-up, and building new garage doors.
Marty Newman, the RRC Community Association’s President stated, “Our community was greatly impacted on many levels by receiving the Lowe’s grant. First, the residents who participated in the Beautification Challenge made improvements to their homes and property; many couldn’t have done it without the money from the grant and/or the assistance from Habitat volunteers. Second, the improvements made by these residents inspired neighbors to repair and clean their property. Third, and most importantly, neighbors helped each other by working together, sharing tools, and providing emotional support which increased our sense of community. We are a brighter, cleaner, and more cohesive community as a result of this grant and partnership.”
HFHMM would like to thank Lowe’s and all of the volunteers, residents, and staff who helped make this project possible.