2012-05-17 / Front Page

Area women lend a hand to ‘Habitat’

Participate in National Women Build Week

MANISTIQUE – Women from across the area rolled up their sleeves and proudly donned tool belts last week as part of Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week.

According to Habitat for Humanity website, the week-long women’s build is a nationwide initiative of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, which was developed in partnership with Lowe’s. This year’s theme was “The Build Generation”, and is geared toward recruiting and training women volunteers, including the next generation of Habitat Women

Builders – young women, ages 18-24.

Heather Blount, volunteer coordinator for

Habitat for Humanity

HiawathaLand said that

28 women and 6 men participated in the project throughout the day last

Thursday.

“Every lady that I asked said that they had a fun day and that they would do it again,” she said. “Our participants included female employees of Lowe’s in Marquette


Above, Kathy Jerde, left, and Karen Sherbinow measure before cutting while participating in the Habitat for Humanity’s Women’s Build day last week. At right, from left to right, Geri Turek, Alyce Page- Dykes and Pat Mickelson, kneeling, work during the Women’s Build. The women were part of a group of women and men renovating a home on Chippewa Avenue. 
Pioneer Tribune photo Above, Kathy Jerde, left, and Karen Sherbinow measure before cutting while participating in the Habitat for Humanity’s Women’s Build day last week. At right, from left to right, Geri Turek, Alyce Page- Dykes and Pat Mickelson, kneeling, work during the Women’s Build. The women were part of a group of women and men renovating a home on Chippewa Avenue. Pioneer Tribune photo (Lowe’s is the National sponsor for Women Build), Delta- Schoolcraft Counties Great Start Coalition, Emerald Elementary teacher and a retired teacher, local business owners, and other volunteers from the community.”

Allison R. Van Gorp, resource development director for Habitat for Humanity HiawathaLand called the event “a great success”. For the Women’s Build, she said a local renovation project, located on Chippewa Avenue, was used.

“All the supplies and materials were a grant established with Habitat and Lowes, in celebration of bringing ladies together to achieve building together for a purpose, and to pull together as a community,” she explained. “We had ladies and men of all ages participate in installing insulation, prepping wood and installing siding for a home that was in need of this restoration.”

While the focus of the event was on helping community members, Van Gorp said each participant also took something away from the build.

“At the beginning, only two people had said they had some experience of this type of work and, by the end of the day, all 28 women and 6 men could say they know how to install siding on a home,” she said.

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