NASCAR Champion and El Cajon Native Jimmie Johnson to Visit Habitat for Humanity Home Builders Blitz
Jun 15, 2015 12:51PM
By Paul Spear
NASCAR Champion and El Cajon Native Jimmie Johnson to Visit Volunteers and Families
During Home Builders Blitz
Habitat for Humanity Partners with Local Builders, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Lowe’s
to Construct Four Homes in Five Days during Home Builders Blitz
EL CAJON, CA – From June 22 through June 26, 2015, San Diego Habitat for Humanity, in partnership with local homebuilders, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, and Lowe’s, will build four homes – from the ground up – in five days.
These homes represent the second phase of Habitat for Humanity’s Foundation Lane community – four homes were built in 2009 through a generous gift of nearly $1 million from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation. Jimmie Johnson and his wife, Chandra, return to El Cajon with another substantial donation of $50,000 from their foundation to help build the first four homes of the next phase of the development.
“Chandra and I are extremely excited to see phase two of this development become a reality,” said Johnson. “It’s great to see the progress of the families from phase one. We are proud to partner with Lowe’s, local builders and Habitat for Humanity to expand Foundation Lane and provide homes for more families.”
Lowe’s, proud racing sponsor of Johnson and longtime supporter of Habitat for Humanity, is donating another $50,000 to the build efforts in El Cajon.
“Lowe’s is committed to strengthening the communities where we live and work by helping ensure that all people have access to safe and affordable housing,” said Joan Higginbotham, director of community relations at Lowe’s. “We’re excited to help Habitat for Humanity and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation make a meaningful impact on the El Cajon community through the Home Builders Blitz.”
The completed homes will be sold to Habitat for Humanity Partner Families who qualify according to Habitat for Humanity’s family selection criteria – a demonstrated need for improved housing, the ability to repay an affordable mortgage, and willingness to partner with Habitat by completing 250-500 sweat-equity hours before moving into the homes.
“Working alongside partner families, volunteers and generous sponsors, Habitat for Humanity builds simple, decent, affordable housing for local families in need,” said Lori Holt Pfeiler, President/CEO of San Diego Habitat for Humanity. “This mission is possible because of the support of great partners like the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Lowe’s, and we are so grateful to be working with them once again in El Cajon.”
Interviews and Photo Opportunities:
DATE - TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015
· 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. – MEDIA CHECK IN
· 11:40 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. – (B ROLL CAPTURE) Johnsons and Lowe’s representatives will tour the four homes, present donation check, and visit with Habitat families
· 12:15 - 12:35 p.m. MEDIA INTERVIEWS
NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson and his wife Chandra
Doug Wokurka, vice president of store operations, Lowe’s
Lori Holt Pfeiler, President/CEO, San Diego Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity homeowner, recipient of one of the homes built during this Blitz event
LOCATION – 481 FOUNDATION LANE, EL CAJON
8 East. Exit El Cajon Boulevard. Right on Washington. Right on Avocado. Left on Foundation Lane.
About San Diego Habitat for Humanity (SDHFH)
San Diego Habitat for Humanity Inc. (SDHFH), the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit organization that builds simple, decent and affordable homes for ownership by local families in need. Habitat partner families are selected on the basis of housing need, willingness to partner with Habitat and ability to repay a zero percent interest mortgage loan. For more information, visit www.sdhfh.org or call 619-283-HOME (4663).
About the Jimmie Johnson Foundation
Chandra and Jimmie Johnson launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006. Johnson, the six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, drives the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS in NASCAR’s top series. The mission of the foundation is to assist children, families and communities in need throughout the United States. The foundation has committed more than $7.7 million to various charities. The Foundation currently focuses on K-12 public education. For additional information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visitwww.JimmieJohnsonFoundation.org.
About Lowe’s in the Community
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $225 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility andLowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.
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