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Lowe's Foundation awards $5,000 grant to Keep Kingsport Beautiful

May 10th, 2012 10:19 pm by staff report

KINGSPORT — The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has announced a major gift in support of Keep Kingsport Beautiful’s mission to engage individuals in local community improvement and environmental projects.

The Lowe’s/Keep America Beautiful Community Improvement Grant of $5,000 is one of 120 merit-based grants awarded nationally to support grass-roots community improvement projects ranging from community gardens and tree plantings to litter and debris cleanups, recycling programs, park and playground restorations, and beautification efforts.

The Keep Kingsport Beautiful grant will provide funding for a V.O. Dobbins Community Center grounds beautification project. This project will bring together Keep Kingsport Beautiful and the city of Kingsport with the 13 nonprofit tenants of the V.O. Dobbins Community Center, as well as community residents and volunteers, to assist in landscaping and beautifying various aspects of the facility. The project will take place during the United Way of Greater Kingsport’s “Week of Caring” June 18-22.

“Keep Kingsport Beautiful is proud to be a recipient of a Lowe’s/Keep America Beautiful Community Improvement Grant,” said Robin Cleary, director of Keep Kingsport Beautiful. “KKB has a long history of award-winning programs and nationally recognized efforts with Keep America Beautiful. We are so pleased to be able to partner with the city of Kingsport, the various nonprofit agencies associated with the V.O. Dobbins Community Center and community volunteers to make this project a reality.”

The grant program is being supported by Lowe’s company-wide volunteerism effort, Lowe’s Heroes. This initiative offers Lowe’s employees the opportunity to work on a project in their own neighborhood, helping to make their communities better places to live, work and play.

“Keep America Beautiful is proud of the positive impact that Keep Kingsport Beautiful’s project will have in the Kingsport community,” 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.”

Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education, has donated nearly $5 million in grants to K-12 public schools every year since its inception in 2006.

Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross. In 2011, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $32 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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Keep Kingsport Beautiful is a partnership of the city of Kingsport and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce. An affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Keep Kingsport Beautiful has won more than 60 national, state and environmental awards. For more information visit or e-mail

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