Lowe’s donates to improve Union Club Aquatics Center

Craig D. Frazier | 10/30/2014, 3:40 p.m.

During Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Union County sustained significant damage to the roof trusses and roof. This week, Boys and Girls Clubs of Union County received a grant of $50,000 from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation for much-needed repairs to the Union Club Aquatics Center. Through a national relationship with Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Union County was selected to receive the Lowe’s grant for the repairs

Lowe’s representatives in Union visited the club recently for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and had a tour of the facility. “As a result of Lowe’s support, the contribution enables us to provide children with opportunities to create great futures for themselves, all within a safe haven,” said Shannon McPhedran, director of operations.

For more than 100 years, Boys and Girls Clubs have provided a safe haven for millions of young people to learn and grow outside of school. “The Aquatics Center hosts year-round swim lessons, practices and meets,” stated Russell Triolo, CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Union County. “It is such an important part of our overall programming.”

Since 2009, Lowe’s has donated $5 million in grants to improve facilities and learning opportunities at 90 clubs across the United States. Boys and Girls Clubs of Union County offers programs at Plainfield, Elizabeth and Union clubs, as well as after-school youth programs in Linden, Hillside and Roselle. Members participate in a number of activities, leadership programs, career preparation and community service.