Asheville, North Carolina (Women Build)
You are invited to be a member of the first Global Village Women Build team in Asheville. Not only is the team for women, but we will be helping to construct a Women Build house! Each year, Asheville designates one of the new homes as a Women Build house, which means it is supervised and built by women. In the event that the Women Build house nears completion, we will have the opportunity to help build other houses in the same community. Join us to make a tangible, meaningful difference in a woman’s life to help her and her family own a safe, decent, affordable home. As always, construction skills and tools are not necessary, just a caring spirit, a willingness to lend a helping hand, a positive attitude and a sense of humor. I promise you will receive more than you give.
About Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Buncombe County, while mostly rural, boasts of a vibrant downtown with unique, independently owned restaurants serving locally sourced food, an active art scene and numerous festivals and activities for tourists and locals alike. There is an abundance of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, white water rafting and climbing.
The lack of affordable housing in Buncombe County is identified as one of our community’s most serious problems by many diverse sources. Buncombe County is estimated to have approximately 2,000 substandard housing units within a total population of 238,300. Furthermore, the National Center for Housing Policy identifies Buncombe County as one of the nation’s counties where even police officers, teachers and firefighters cannot afford to buy a median-priced home due to the disparity between incomes and housing costs.
About Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity
AAHH is a nonprofit organization that fosters community by partnering with qualified families and individuals to build new houses and preserve existing homes in Buncombe County. Our vision is a community where every family has a safe and decent home. Founded in 1983, AAHH was the first affiliate in North Carolina. AAHH has built 250 houses for more than 1,000 adults and children and builds between 13-15 new houses each year. Each house is built with volunteer labor and sold to qualified applicants at cost and with no-interest mortgages.
Habitat builds simple, decent two, three and four-bedroom houses that meet NC Green Built standards. Approved homeowner applicants must demonstrate a need for safe and decent housing, have income 70 percent or less of the average median income and be willing to invest at least 200 “sweat equity” hours to help build their homes. As one of 50 affiliates selected nationwide by Habitat International, AAHH introduced its Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative program in 2010. AAHH partners with approved low-income homeowners to remedy substandard housing conditions using volunteer labor and interest-free loans.
Types of construction
Volunteers will be helping to construct the Women Build house or helping with other houses in the community. AAHH homes are one-story, wood frame houses between 900 and just under 1500 square feet. They are built in the arts and crafts style. Volunteers may help with all aspects of new construction or home repair, including digging foundations; framing; roofing; installing windows, doors and vinyl siding; insulation; painting; or landscaping. All tools and construction materials will be provided by the affiliate. AAHH staff supervisors lead all volunteer projects.
Day 1: Saturday, May 3: Arrive in Asheville in time for dinner, settle in and relax.
Day 2: Sunday, May 4: Explore Asheville, including Gray Line Trolley Tour, Biltmore House and Estate and River Arts District; dinner in downtown Asheville.
Day 3: Monday, May 5: Orientation and breakfast at Habitat affiliate; travel to work site; work from 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Lunch is at the worksite. Following the workdays, cultural events and sightseeing will be provided throughout the week.
Day 4-6: Tuesday-Thursday, May 6-8: Build 8:30 – 3:30, lunch at worksite.
Day 7: Friday, May 9: Farewell luncheon at the worksite. The final dinner will be at a local Asheville restaurant, followed by Asheville’s famous drum circle, street entertainment and local music.
Day 8: Saturday, May 10: Depart.
The team will stay in a rustic cabin with shared rooms, bathrooms, showers, a kitchen and gathering/living room at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly. This beautiful conference center, which is located on 1,200 acres of woodland, has hiking trails, mountain streams and wildflowers. It is located minutes away from the Habitat Swannanoa build site and the picturesque town of Black Mountain. Asheville is an easy 20-minute drive.
This includes your donation to the Habitat host program and HFHI, meals, accommodations, internal transportation (excluding trip participant airfare) Sunday, May 4 activities and orientation materials. For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.
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You’re doing something exciting with Habitat, so tell people about it! Create a page on Share.Habitat to tell friends, family, and coworkers about your Global Village trip. Fundraising your program cost will be easy, and any additional funds you raise will keep Habitat building after your team returns home.
Tricia Franck had the privilege of being an international educator for 33 years, working in Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Kenya and Egypt. Her interest in Habitat began more than 10 years ago helping her husband organize builds. In 2007, she led her first Women Build team to Nepal, followed by another Women Build team to Bali, Indonesia. In addition to leading, she has participated in builds in Thailand, India, Romania and Mongolia. Having retired to Asheville, North Carolina, she is a member of the outreach committee with the Asheville Habitat affiliate. Tricia would love to share her "home town” and encourages all prospective team members to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.