Lowe’s NFL “Home Team Roster” Is Doing Amazing Community Service Projects Across the Country


During these tough times of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been amazed at how many people—celebrities and regular folks alike—have devoted themselves to helping those in need. Now, we’re happy to hear this piece of feel-good news from Lowe’s, the home improvement store, which has just launched the “Home Team Roster,” a lineup of players from all 32 NFL teams working on various community impact projects in their respective NFL hometowns.

For the partnership, each player will volunteer on a project ranging from affordable housing repairs and small business support to veterans’ outreach and disaster recovery. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback and 2019 NFL MVP, is serving as “captain” for Lowe’s Home Team, and is very much looking forward to making a difference in Charm City.

For his specific project, the star quarterback will work with Lowe’s and Baltimore’s Southwest Partnership to help with the opening of the United Way Family Center in Poppleton at Excel Academy. The center provides quality early childhood education and daycare, as well as support for student parents. The United Way Family Center is part of Lowe’s broader commitment to support housing and workforce needs in Southwest Baltimore.

“It’s important for me to be able to give back to the community and support the people that have supported me,” Jackson said in a Lowe’s press release. “Being a part of the Lowe’s Home Team is special for me because it gives me the chance to bring people together and give back.” The soon-to-open family center is pictured below, and we’re hopeful it will be a very special addition to the community.

Julie Filderman (United Way of Central Maryland)

Julie Filderman (United Way of Central Maryland)

The Home Team roster also includes fellow ‘co-captain’ Carolina Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey, Pittsburgh Steelers’ James Conner, Atlanta Falcons’ Calvin Ridley,

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EMSA, contractor say split will cause no interruption in service | Local News

The public trust that oversees emergency ambulance operations in Tulsa and Oklahoma City and the contractor who provides personnel for it said Friday their split will not affect service in the two cities.

The Emergency Medical Services Authority, the oversight agency, and American Medical Response, which provides paramedics and emergency medical technicians under a contract with EMSA, are at odds over $16 million.

EMSA sued AMR over the money last month; AMR subsequently notified EMSA it plans to terminate their contract no later than Jan. 31 and then countersued.

AMR is asking for the $16 million, which it says EMSA has withheld from payments to the contractor, and for a court decision on whether the contract provision EMSA cites in claiming the $16 million is legal.

Both sides say the dispute and AMR’s decision to terminate the contract should not interfere with emergency medical services. A spokeswoman for the company reiterated on Friday that the company will continue to provide personnel under the terms of the contract until a replacement is found.

EMSA, in a press release late Thursday, said it is authorized to directly hire emergency personnel under such circumstances for up to two years.

Under the current contract, AMR is entitled to its expenses plus 10% of revenue, with anything above that going to EMSA.

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Request for service and repair of mobile homes elicits response

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I wanted to respond to the inquiries for mobile home repairs in the Sept. 24 Sun Spots. We have purchased Main Mobile Parts and Service and will continue to offer services for repairing or maintaining your home.  The phone number everyone is used to (465-2205) will be up and operating at our new location within the week.

You can also call 375-3178 to get in touch with us. We provide services such as, but not limited to, installation of heat tape and skirting, tie downs and block if needed. We have everything you need for your mobile home.

You can find us at 1023 Litchfield Road in Sabattus. We are trying to conduct business during our move so please do not mind the mess. We can’t wait to meet you! — Debbie, service manager, Affordable Manufactured Homes of Maine, Sabattus.

ANSWER: Awesome!

DEAR SUN SPOTS” As an addendum to the Sept. 29 Sun Spots regarding holiday fairs for Loaves and Fishes, we want to assure everyone that these fairs will follow all CDC guidelines.

Using less than 50 people as the guideline, there will be 30 people allowed inside at a time for shopping. We will have sanitary stations set up throughout the hall and all people will need to wear a mask while they are in the building.

We want everybody to be safe and to enjoy some of the things we usually do during the holiday season. If the interest is high, we will be doing these fairs until the second week of December and would like to start the second week of October if we can rent at least 10 tables to vendors and crafters. — No name, no town

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Once again I need your assistance. My sister was given a

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Virtual handyman service can help you with DIY projects | 3 On Your Side

PHOENIX (3 On Your Side) – When Lam Doan had a problem with his shower faucet, his first thought was to try to fix it with glue.

“I just wasn’t sure,” he told 3 On Your Side. “It’s not one of those things where you could just Google.”

Fortunately, his second thought was to ask for help, so he started a Zoom video chat on his phone with, a virtual home repair service.

“They analyzed it from all different perspectives, and they’re like, ‘Well, on the knob there’s this little thing that you have to pull out and then once you do, you have access to the screw.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, that was so easy! Good thing I didn’t put glue on it,'” Doan laughed.

Mike Evans, the CEO of, says the business started as an at-home handy-person service, but quickly shifted to virtual appointments when the coronavirus pandemic began.

“It turns out, with a coach and a screwdriver, most people can fix most things in their home,” Evans said.

Most of the projects tackled on the platform are small — fixing running toilets and leaky faucets, installing new light switches, or hanging curtains. To date, hundreds of people have used the virtual service, Evans said. According to the company, its home repair specialists who conduct live video calls with customers are licensed and insured.

“Usually what happens with the more complicated things is people just want somebody to say, ‘You know, I was thinking about installing this myself. Where do I start?'” Evans said.

Across the country, contractors and other companies are offering similar virtual house calls. Evans expects the trend to continue long after the pandemic is over.

“This is the new way to do things. It’s so much more convenient,” he said. “It’s

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Best Pick Reports Provides Seattle and Tacoma Area Homeowners a Source for Guaranteed Home Service Contractors

SEATTLE, Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — For the first time, homeowners in the Seattle and Tacoma areas counties are receiving a new home services contractors guide that – unlike other listings – provides a guarantee on the work of its companies. Best Pick Reports has a strong focus on supporting local businesses to help lessen the impact of the pandemic on the local economies of the Seattle and Tacoma areas.  They also understand that finding a trusted professional to complete home services and improvement projects can be tricky.

Best Pick Reports Provides Seattle and Tacoma Area Homeowners a Source for Guaranteed Home Service Contractors

Each Best Pick company has been thoroughly reviewed via an unparalleled, independent certification process. Inclusion in the guide is by invitation alone, and that invitation is extended only if a company has met strict qualifying criteria. Companies are not able to buy space in the guide or pay for a good rating – they are individually evaluated based on hundreds of customer interviews, must achieve an “A” rating and must have all licenses and insurance verified and up to date.

After spending a significant amount of time at home over the past several months, many homeowners may be thinking about home improvement projects they are ready to get started on – whether adding a home office, updating family spaces, adding a fresh coat of paint, or washing windows. In fact, recent research from National Association of Realtors shows that 67% of homeowners are either contemplating a remodeling project or have already spent money on one. 

Best Pick Reports includes recommended contractors in many different specialties, including electrical work, plumbing, heating/air conditioning, and painting. Homeowners in the Seattle and Tacoma metro areas will receive their Best Pick Reports guide via U.S. mail, or they can access the directory online anytime.  Best Pick Reports’ referral guide stands behind the work of the professionals

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