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Lowe's Heroes & Renovation Across the Nation (RAN) - Rotterdam Clubhouse!

Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady is proud to unveil the remodel of its Rotterdam Unit thanks to a $50,000 grant from Lowe’s and after being identified by local Lowe’s Stores as the recipient of its Community’s Heroes selection. The unveil will take place at the Rotterdam Boys & Girls Club, located at 721 Curry Road at 3:45pm on September 17th. The Lowe’s Heroes selection by 12 Lowe’s stores in the Capital Region included greatly expanding the renovation beyond the $50,000 grant. The grant is part of Renovation Across the Nation (RAN), a program between Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Lowe’s that provides one Club in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. with a grant and volunteer support from Lowe’s to complete much-needed improvements and renovations.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady was selected as the signature Club in the state of New York for 2018. As the need to update facilities increases and maintenance costs rise, Lowe’s support will help the Club make critical improvements to ensure the Club remains a safe and inviting place for Schenectady County’s youth who need it most.

Renovations in the Rotterdam Unit include updating in the following areas: education/theater, swimming pool, game room, learning kitchen, bathrooms, gymnasium, program rooms and art room. Some of the projects in the spaces including painting, installing new flooring, installation of a rock wall, new furniture, new control desk, new fixtures throughout, new hand-crafted art table, new ceilings and much more.

Executive Director Shane Bargy stated, “This is one of the most incredibly impactful projects we have ever seen in one of our locations. Lowe’s and its employees have simply changed the way this building looks and functions. I can’t wait to see the looks on our kids’ faces when they see what Lowe’s has done for them. The impact will be felt for years.”

The renovations began on August 20th and were almost complete on September 14. The club partnered initially with the Lowe’s store in Niskayuna and Store Manager Michael Wurst. Mr. Wurst brought the project to his contemporaries across the region and secured the Lowe’s Heroes to help expand the remodel with the Lowe’s RAN grant. Over 50 Lowe’s employees where part of this project and did a great deal of the work themselves. For the parts of the project that required help from outside contractors, BBL Construction donated their time to manage those aspects of the project on behalf of the Boys & Girls Club.

To learn more about the Lowe’s and Boys & Girls Clubs of America partnership, visit

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