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First Ladies Build Events: Louisiana-Ohio



Louisiana, First Lady Alice Foster
Apr. 1 - Jul. 14, 2000

Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Blanco took part in Habitat for Humanity International's First Ladies Build in the spring of 2000. Mrs. Blanco partnered with the Greater Baton Rouge Habitat for Humanity as the honorary chair of the Women Build event and worked alongside the homeowner and other women volunteers.

To volunteer or to make a donation, please call (504) 927-6651.



Maine, First Lady Mary Herman
Aug. 14 - Oct. 24, 1999

Maine First Lady Mary Herman joined forces with over 35 volunteers for the Habitat for Humanity First Ladies Build in Bath, Maine. Arkansas First Lady Janet Huckabee, along with her daughter Sarah, also joined the crowd of women volunteers on the construction site. The blitz build began on August 14th with the bulk of the construction being completed by the end of the week. The future homeowners moved into their new three-bedroom house in late November after the interior construction and landscaping were completed. Many of the women volunteer crew were retired. The family of six contributed at least 200 hours of sweat equity into their new home as well as the homes of other Habitat recipients.

"I was so honored to be asked by Bath Brunswick Area Habitat to chair Maine's first Women's Build in Bath, Maine," Mrs. Herman stated. "We began with a week long blitz build and the Brooks family moved in on Thanksgiving! I hope we do another one. I'm hammer ready." The Habitat for Humanity Bath / Brunswick Area has been in existence since 1990 and the First Ladies House was its tenth.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Habitat for Humanity Bath / Brunswick Area or would like to make a donation, please call (207) 729-0311.



Maryland, First Lady Frances Hughes Glendening
March 15 - Sept. 30, 2000

Maryland First Lady Frances Hughes Glendening joined the construction crews of Arundel Habitat for Humanity in their First Ladies Build event. The project began on March 18 and the construction of the house will continue through completion in August. Mrs. Glendening is Arundel Habitat's First Ladies Build Honorary Chair, and she worked with enthusiasm alongside other women volunteers and the homeowner family during the first day in the construction of the home.

"I enthusiastically encourage women to participate in Habitat for Humanity International's First Ladies Build," the first lady stated. "Through these efforts women can make a meaningful contribution to their communities by helping to meet the needs of Maryland families." Mrs. Glendening worked several days on the site and was on hand to see the keys given to the new homeowner. If you are interested in volunteering with the Arundel Habitat for Humanity, please contact (410) 384-9212 or www.arundelhabitat.org.



Massachusetts, First Lady Jan Garret Cellucci
Jan. 1 - Sept. 23, 2000

Massachusetts First Lady Jan Garret Cellucci joined Boston Habitat for Humanity, showing strong support for the First Ladies Build event. Hundreds of women from across the state joined the first lady to help build a house with a low-income family in the Roxbury area.

Mrs. Cellucci states, "For many families in this country, the dream of owning a home is far from reality, but Habitat for Humanity can help make that dream come true. Habitat's First Ladies Build program is an excellent opportunity for women to team up to make a difference in the lives of families while encouraging others to pitch in and help their communities through volunteering."

If you are interested in volunteering with Boston Habitat for Humanity or would like to give a donation, please call (617) 524-8891 or www.habitatboston.org.



Michigan, First Lady Michelle Engler
June 1 - Aug. 1, 2000

Michigan First Lady Michelle Engler joined Lansing Habitat for Humanity in her state's First Ladies Build. Women from across the state participated in the accelerated build.

"Habitat for Humanity's First Ladies Build program is about more than building houses," Mrs. Engler said. "It's about building lives. By working together, thousands of women from across the country will experience the power of helping build a family's future." The first lady also traveled to Detroit, Saginaw and Grand Rapids, Mich., as part of her First Ladies Build endeavor across the state.

If you would like to volunteer with Lansing Habitat for Humanity or make a donation, please contact (517) 374-1313.



Minnesota, First Lady Terry Ventura
June 10 - Sept. 30, 2000

With strong support from Minnesota First Lady Terry Ventura, Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity successfully completed their First Ladies Build event.

"Habitat for Humanity and Women Build is such a positive combination," the first lady stated. "What a wonderful way to help others learn a new skill and leave a legacy of community involvement in your state."

No construction experience is necessary to participate with Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity. If you would like to volunteer or are interested in making a donation, please call (651) 388-2278.



Mississippi, First Lady Melanie Musgrove
May 1, 1999 - Apr. 1, 2000

Mississippi First Lady Melanie Musgrove joined Metro Jackson Habitat for Humanity and women from across the state to help build a house with a local family as part of the national First Ladies Build event.

"As First Lady of the State of Mississippi, I am proud to offer my support for the Habitat for Humanity International Women Build initiative," she said. Former First Lady Pat Fordice said of Habitat's Women Build, "Women can improve and enhance their communities, state and nation by building with families in need."

Volunteers with all levels of construction experience are welcome to help Metro Jackson Habitat for Humanity. If you are interested in participating in the First Ladies Build event please call (601) 353-6060 or email: HFHJax@netdoor.com.



Missouri, First Lady Jean Carnahan
March 4 - June 30, 2000

Missouri First Lady Jean Carnahan participated in Habitat for Humanity International's First Ladies Build. The First Ladies Build house will be one of three houses in River City Habitat for Humanity's Neighborhood Build 2000. Female volunteers from across the state joined Mrs. Carnahan in the construction of the Habitat house. "Home building comes naturally to women," the first lady said, "we've been doing it for centuries. Now we are learning how to put a roof over our dreams." Carnahan also participated in the Iowa First Ladies Build working alongside Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack.

No experience is necessary to help on a Habitat construction site. If you are interested in volunteering with River City Habitat for Humanity or would like to make a donation, please call (315) 635-8439.



Montana, First Lady Theresa Racicot
June 5 - Nov. 5, 2000

First Lady Theresa Racicot participated in Montana's First Ladies Build in the summer of 2000. Local women were joined by a Global Village team of women from across the U.S., working together with Helena Area Habitat for Humanity for this special build.

"We have an ability to touch the lives of women on our communities with Habitat for Humanity's Women Build," Mrs. Racicot stated. "Working together, women can learn construction skills and build self-confidence. I am excited to be part of this worthwhile event."

Prior construction experience is not necessary to help on site. If you are interested in volunteering with the Montana First Ladies Build or would like to give a donation, please call (406) 447-1570.



Nebraska, First Lady Stephanie Johanns
April 3 - June 19, 1999

Nebraska First Lady Stephanie Johanns took part in the Habitat for Humanity International's First Ladies build in the spring of 1999. Dozens of volunteers joined the first lady and Omaha Habitat for Humanity in the accelerated build. The homeowners were also on the construction site and had already invested hundreds of 'sweat equity' hours into their new home.

"Women are natural nurturers of their communities, and we have an inherent desire to help those in need," Mrs. Johanns said. "A Women Build project gives us the opportunity to learn new skills, have some fun and fellowship, build confidence and empower us to make a significant impact in the community." Oklahoma First Lady Cathy Keating and Arkansas First Lady Janet Huckabee joined Mrs. Johanns for a day at her build.

If you are interested in working with the Omaha Habitat for Humanity or would like to make a donation, please call (402) 457-5657.



Nevada, First Lady Dema Quinn
Nov. 2000 - Feb. 2001

Nevada First Ladies Build house is under construction and Nevada's First Lady Dema Quinn will be joining local women with the Truckee Meadows Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers of all construction experience are welcome to help. If you are interested in volunteering with the Nevada First Ladies Build, please call (775) 323-5511.



New Hampshire, Governor Jeanne Shaheen
June 6 - Nov. 6, 2000

The Pemi Valley Habitat for Humanity launched their state's Governors Build for June 2000. Governor Jeanne Shaheen joined hundreds of women volunteers from across the state to help build a Habitat house with a local family.

"Habitat for Humanity's Women Build gives women another opportunity to contribute to their communities by helping families in need build their own homes, and helping to move families from substandard housing into new houses," the Governor stated. "It also gives women a chance to learn new construction skills to build their self-confidence, which will help them in the marketplace."

If you are interested in volunteering or would like to make a donation, please call (603) 968-3695.



New Jersey, Governor Christie Todd Whitman
June 26 - Sept. 16, 2000

New Jersey Governor Christie Todd Whitman took part in Habitat for Humanity International's Governors Build this summer. The event was part of the Women Build department's First Ladies Build that has been taking place across the country since April 1999. The Governor and her staff joined other women volunteers in construction of this home. If you are interested in volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Trenton Area or making a donation, please call (609) 393-8009.



New Mexico, First Lady Dee Johnson
May 3 - Sept. 1, 2000

New Mexico First Lady Dee Johnson took part in Habitat for Humanity International's First Ladies Build in May of 2000. "It is my firm belief that all families deserve a simple, decent and healthy place to live, and my commitment to the First Ladies Build is deepened by my desire to help end substandard housing for New Mexican families," Mrs. Johnson said. "The sense of accomplishment and self-esteem that is created by a day of hard work, sweat and fellowship with other women is unique to this powerful and dynamic program, and I am proud to associate my name with this build."

The Women Build event coincided with a First Ladies Spring Retreat in New Mexico with eight first ladies from across the country joining First Lady Johnson. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to make a donation to the Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity, please call (505) 986-5880.



New York, First Lady Libby Pataki
August 2000 - April 2001

First Lady Libby Pataki will be part of Habitat for Humanity International's First Ladies Build, joining women volunteers and Capital District Habitat for Humanity in Albany. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to make a donation, please call (518) 462-2993.



North Carolina, First Lady Carolyn Hunt
Sept. 24, 1999 - Jan. 22, 2000

Ground breaking for Habitat for Humanity International's First Ladies Build in Wake County occurred on September 24,1999. The Habitat homeowner, Barbara Miles and her two sons, Derrick and Darius moved into their home in North Raleigh in March. Barbara has put over 500 hours of "sweat equity" into her home as well as eight other Habitat homes in her area.

First Lady Carolyn Hunt spoke at the dedication ceremony and presented the homeowner a symbolic key to her new home as well as a welcome mat and azaleas. "Habitat's dedication to the elimination of substandard housing takes commitment from the whole community," she said. "Women have always been in the forefront of volunteerism. We can make a difference in our communities by reaching out to help Habitat families build their homes, and at the same time we can build new and strong confidence in ourselves and our ability."

Women volunteers came from different areas in the community to help support this Women Build project of Habitat for Humanity International. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to make a donation to Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, please call (919)-833-1999 or visit www.habitatwake.org



North Dakota, First Lady Nancy Schafer
Sept. 9, 2000 - Completion

First Lady Nancy Schafer supported Habitat for Humanity International's First Ladies Build in her state. "As First Lady of North Dakota, I am excited to support Habitat for Humanity's First Ladies Build," the first lady stated, "This unique initiative offers women the opportunity to join the fight against poverty housing for children and families. It also allows women to experience the priceless joy of volunteerism and teamwork, cementing the idea of the neighbor helping neighbor."

The Red River Habitat for Humanity hosted the Women Build event. If you are interested in volunteering with Red River Habitat for Humanity or would like to make a donation, please call (701) 772-4418.



Ohio, First Lady Hope Taft
June 22 - Aug. 28, 1999

Ohio First Lady Hope Taft was part of the First Ladies Build in Canton, Ohio in June of 1999. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Canton dubbed this project "A House of Hope" due to the presence of the first lady. The first lady was in Canton for several days and spoke at a "House of Hope" dinner that was a fundraiser for the next Women's Build event. Habitat of Greater Canton has projected a goal to have an all-women crew trained within the next five years. In total, the affiliate has already helped 120 families move into their own homes. Once the First Ladies Build house was completed, Mrs Taft spent a night in the home with the homeowner and her daughter. Later that year, Mrs. Taft reciprocated this hospitality by extending an invitation to the homeowner family to spend a night at the governor's mansion.

The Habitat homeowner, Marlene Miller, is a single mother with one daughter, Mykalia, and was previously living in a trailer. As part of the build the homeowner had the first lady and other "House of Hope" volunteers sign a wooden plaque to hang above the foyer of Miller's new home. "Volunteerism is the key ingredient that propels good communities into great places to live," said Taft. "The Women Build department of Habitat for Humanity International provides women with nontraditional volunteer opportunities that help families realize their dream of a brighter future." As part of the Habitat agreement towards homeownership, Miller contributed over 250 hours of service work on the construction of her house as well as others.

If you are interested in volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Canton, please call (330) 456-4663 or visit www.hfhcanton.org.







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