2012-05-03 / Outdoors

Local volunteers join women across U.S. to create affordable housing

Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s team up for National Women Build Week

Local volunteers join women across the United States to create affordable housing

On Thursday, May 10, women volunteers representing “The Build Generation” will raise their hammers at Habitat for Humanity construction sites across the country in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 5- 13. National Women Build Week is a nationwide initiative of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program developed in partnership with Lowe’s.

This year’s theme, “The Build Generation,” reflects the event’s goal to recruit and train women volunteers, as well as welcome the next generation of Habitat women builders – young women, ages 18- 24 – to support Habitat’s mission to create affordable housing.

Lowe’s Heroes and women volunteers in Manistique will work on the Day family’s home renovation in Manistique, on Thursday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The construction site is located at 111 Chippewa Avenue.

Lowe’s is providing Habitat for Humanity HiawathaLand a $5,000 Lowe’s store gift card to purchase building materials, as well as instore volunteer training, in support of National Women Build Week.

Habitat is looking for as many people to come out and volunteer with them that day as possible. Seventy percent of the volunteers must be women. They are siding, painting, and doing general cleanup work. Habitat will also provide lunch and a lot of fun giveaways.

They are asking volunteers to bring a hammer and tape measure if possible. Please call the Habitat office at (906) 341-7437 to register so they can plan accordingly.

Habitat’s National Women Build program recruits, educates and inspires women to build and advocate for simple, decent and affordable houses in their communities. Lowe’s, the underwriter of Habitat’s Women Build program, is awarding more than $1.3 million to 275 Habitat affiliates across the United States during National Women Build Week. Approximately 10,000 female volunteers are expected to build at Habitat for Humanity construction sites during this time.

Habitat for Humanity Hiawatha- Land’s mission is to provide simple, decent, affordable housing to low income families in a variety of ways. They build, renovate, and provide many other affordable options to families in need in Alger, Schoolcraft, Luce, and West Mackinac Counties. Additional information is available at www.hiawathalandhabitat.com

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