“By working together, we can build something better…transforming lives one community at a time,” is Lowe’s motto and mission.  The deck and fence at Zach’s Place, a licensed child/respite care and skill building center for children with disabilities, needed repair along with a good coat of paint.  The playground sand was scattered everywhere, getting into everything and the playground equipment needed much TLC too.  But not anymore, thanks to the many volunteers from Lowe's stores #2423 at North Nevada and #2578 at Briargate and Union who stepped right in and helped improve our Zach's Place facility!  Thanks to Lowe’s Heroes, the corporation’s employee volunteer program, our backyard play area was transformed and built into something much greater than we ever hoped for or expected!  Becca Silver, Lowe's HR Manager who organized this hardworking group of volunteers said, “A great part of working on this project was seeing the kids look out the window smiling and waving looking very anxious to come out and play”.  Lowe’s employee volunteer program started nationally 10 years ago with an emphasis on community improvement and team building; with employees wearing their signature color red and blue t-shirts.  Over 175 combined volunteer hours were put into completing this project and Lowe's contributed over $4000 in materials!  They redesigned the backyard space making a significant difference in improving the play area for our kids at Zach's Place.  “The kids especially love the chalkboard paint put on the picnic table and the outdoor chalkboard they installed. They use it every chance they get!” said Renae Isakson, Program Director.  Zach’s Place, a program of Special Kids Special Families, offers a unique home-like environment; and allows families who are struggling to raise a child with disabilities a much needed break. The main focus of the program is to provide quality care with nurturing and knowledgeable staff who assist the youth in achieving their greatest level of independence through education, socialization and life skills.  “The kids enjoy being outside now that our backyard space has been improved, as we see our kids want to play outside even more,” says Executive Director, Linda Ellegard. “We can’t thank Lowe’s enough for all their hard work and willingness to volunteer at Zach’s Place.  They really are heroes in our eyes!”

To inquire about volunteer opportunities at SKSF, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (719)447-8983 x20.  There are several ways you can help to support Zach’s Place.  Donate in any amount, by giving online through Indy Give now through the end of December at: www.IndyGive.com/SKSF.  By donating through Indy Give, your donation is matched dollar for dollar thanks to several matching grants.  You’ll also receive some great rewards from area businesses with a minimum donation of $50.  Help us reach our goal during this campaign and raise needed funds for Zach’s Place!  For other ways to donate and additional information about Zach’s Place and Special Kids Special Families, visit our website at www.SKSFcolorado.org.

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