Young Volunteers Working at Habitat for Humanity’s 2013 National Women Build Week
On May 11, 2013, over 40 women including Lowe’s Heroes and Joan Reed, Executive Director of the Sheppard Center of Lewisburg, WV, volunteered on an Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity construction site in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 4-12. Now in its sixth year, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities.
The 47 volunteers worked on installing the trim/baseboard on one house and painted the interior on a second house at the Summer Elms Development, White Sulphur Springs, WV. The Greembrier Drum Line from the Greenbrier Academy for Girls, ages 16-18, volunteered their time, as well as, entertained volunteers just before lunch. Local volunteers and Lowe’s heroes also volunteered.
Additionally, Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity had 18 volunteers, 3 of which were mother/daughter volunteers in Franklin, WV and they painted the exterior of a house.
In Durbin, WV there were 11 volunteers that built interior walls for a house that will be built this summer
“It was an honor to take part in today’s event. It was so gratifying to witness such cooperation, talent and energy from such a diverse group.” said Joan Reed, Executive Director of the Sheppard Center of Lewisburg, WV.
Courtney Hartman a volunteer said “Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers both male and female of all skill levels. No one should underestimate the abilities of a woman- she can run a home, raise a family, and have a career. A woman can truly do it all!”
Lowe’s donated a $5,000 store gift card to Almost Heaven Habitat and $1.75 million to the 2013 National Women Build Week to support 300 participating affiliates. National Women Build Week is one of the major initiatives supported through Lowe’s five-year, $20 million pledge to Habitat. As the underwriter of the Women Build program since 2004, Lowe’s conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach women construction skills and provides the support of Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers to build homes with partner families across the country.
"Lowe's has underwritten Habitat’s Women Build program since 2004, and we are proud to continue to bring together women from all walks of life to raise walls alongside local families in need," said Marshall Croom, chairman of the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. "We thank our Lowe's Heroes and the thousands of volunteers who will help strengthen communities throughout the country this week."
The U.S. Census Bureau reports more than 16 million children are living in poverty in the United States. Nearly 48 percent of the children reside with women heads-of-household. In Eastern West Virginia, more than 17.2% of families are in need of affordable housing. Habitat’s Women Build program recruits, educates and inspires women to build and advocate for simple, decent and affordable homes in their communities.
Since Habitat’s Women Build Program was created in 1998, more than 2,100 Habitat for Humanity Women Build houses have been constructed in partnership with low-income families. Nearly 41,000 women from all 50 states have volunteered in the five previous events.
Young Volunteers Working at Habitat for Humanity’s 2013 National Women Build Week event is brought to you as a courtesy by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® with Coldwell Banker Stuart and Watts. Please check with the organization at the above number for any additional information.
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