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First Ladies Build Events: Oklahoma-Wyoming



Oklahoma, First Lady Cathy Keating
Sept. 27 - Oct. 7, 1999

Oklahoma First Lady Cathy Keating took part in Habitat for Humanity International's First Ladies Build in the fall of 1999. She was joined by First Ladies Janet Huckabee (Ark.), Dee Johnson (N.M.), Linda Graves (Kan.) and Lori Siegelman (Ala.). The Habitat house was being built with Darlene and Salvador Sauceda and their six children.

"We are women helping women build dreams and futures with families in need," Mrs. Keating stated. "What better way to be part of the American Dream than for women to join together to build houses, futures, and memories for families in need." Mrs. Keating is a member of the Women Build Steering Council and has been instrumental in developing and establishing the First Ladies Build program. The Oklahoma first lady has actively participated in the construction of several other First Ladies Build homes across the U.S.

Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity has been in existence since 1990 and has built 122 homes. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to make a donation to the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, please call (405) 232-4828.



Oregon, First Lady Sharon Kitzhaber
To be announced

Oregon First Lady Sharon Kitzhaber will be supporting her state's First Ladies Build. The Salem Area Habitat for Humanity will be hosting the event at a date not yet determined. If you would like to volunteer or make a donation to the Oregon First Ladies Build event, please call (503) 364-7784.



Pennsylvania, First Lady Michele M. Ridge
Aug. 25, 2000 - Apr. 2001

Pennsylvania First Lady Michele M. Ridge joined Habitat for Humanity International's First Ladies Build during the initial phase of construction in September hosted by Greater Harrisburg Area Habitat for Humanity.

"Women Build is teaching women of all ages teamwork, cooperation and the value of achieving a common goal, while reaching out to improve the lives of others," Mrs. Ridge stated. "By giving of themselves, they are ensuring a richer, more comfortable life for families whose dream of home ownership can be realized. Their volunteer work is strengthening both families and communities."

If you are interested in volunteering or would like to make a donation, please call (717) 545-7299 or email hab4hum@cvn.net.



Rhode Island, First Lady Marilyn J. Almond
Apr. 1 - Dec. 1, 2000

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Providence hosted their First Ladies Build in the spring of 2000. With strong support from First Lady Marilyn J. Almond, women volunteers from across the state were on the construction site working to build a house with a local family. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to make a monetary contribution, please call (401) 831-5424 or visit home.earthlink.net/'habitatprov.



South Carolina, First Lady Rachel Hodges
June 11 - July 12, 1999

South Carolina First Lady Rachel Hodges joined Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity in the construction of a house in the national First Ladies Build project. The build began with one full week of construction with the women crew and continued for the following four Saturdays. There were more than enough volunteers on hand and each worked four-hour shifts during the week. The Habitat homeowner Theresa Coleman and her family put in over 500 hours of "sweat equity".

The three-bedroom house was dedicated at the end of July and the family moved into their new home soon after. Coleman was excited that her children would no longer have to share a bedroom with her. First Lady Rachel Hodges commented, "Women Build provides a unique opportunity for women to coalesce around the important issue of substandard housing. We were empowered to learn construction skills and to build with a family in need."

If you would like to volunteer with Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity, please call (803) 252-3510 or visit www.habitatcsc.org.



South Dakota, First Lady Mary Dean Janklow
April 15 - June 1, 2000

On April 29, 2000, First Lady Mary Dean Janklow joined Oahe Habitat for Humanity in the First Ladies Build. Mrs. Janklow took part in the pre-construction prior to the wall raising on April 29th as well. Accompanying the first lady to the build were her daughter and granddaughters. The first lady previously participated in a Women Build event elsewhere in South Dakota and will contribute to the construction of the First Ladies Build house. Pace Communications and Wells Fargo Housing Foundation are the sponsors for the South Dakota First Ladies Build event.

Oahe Habitat for Humanity has been in existence since 1995 and the First Ladies Build house was the affiliate's third house. You do not need prior construction experience to participate. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to make a donation, please contact the Oahe Habitat for Humanity at (605) 224-5070.



Tennessee, First Lady Martha Sundquist
Oct. 16 - Nov. 7, 1999

First Lady Martha Sundquist led the groundbreaking ceremony on October 14 for Habitat for Humanity International's First Ladies Build, and construction began two days later. Dozens of female volunteers joined the first lady and Nashville Habitat for Humanity in constructing the First Ladies Build house. "Habitat for Humanity's Women Build is not only an opportunity to help families in need, it also helps bring communities together, "the first lady stated. "I am always inspired by these families and their hard work to build a home of their own."

No prior construction experience is necessary to participate in a Habitat build. If you are interested in volunteering with the Nashville Habitat for Humanity or would like to make a donation, please contact (615) 254-4663.



Texas, First Lady Laura Bush
Sept. 18 - Nov. 13, 1999

Austin Habitat for Humanity took part in the national First Ladies Build event from September 18 - 25, 1999 in an accelerated build. First Lady Laura Bush was the honorary chair for the event. More than 200 women volunteers came from Austin, Dallas, Lubbock and San Antonio to help in the construction of the three-bedroom house. This was the third women's build house constructed by the Austin Habitat for Humanity. The Habitat homeowner, Maggie Segura, had contributed almost 600 hours of sweat equity into her home as well as others. She was assisted by friends, relatives and her local church. The dedication for Segura's home took place on November 13 and she was able to move in shortly after.

If you would like to volunteer or make a donation to the Austin Habitat for Humanity, please call (512) 472-8788 or visit www.austinhabitat.org.



Utah, First Lady Jacalyn S. Leavitt
July 22 - Jan. 22, 2001

First Lady Jacalyn S. Leavitt took part in the First Ladies Build as the Honorary Chair for the Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity event. "When the Women Build department of Habitat for Humanity builds a home with a family in need, it is making more than a structure; it creates a place for a family to grow together," the first lady stated. "It also helps women build self-confidence and skills that empower them."

If you would like to volunteer with the Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity or make a donation, please call (801) 463-0554.



Vermont
Oct. 9, 2000 - Completion

Vermont First Lady Judith Steinberg enthusiastically joined Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity in the construction of a house as a part of the national First Ladies Build event. The first lady was joined by Governor Dean who served snacks for the women volunteers.






Virginia, First Lady Roxanne Gilmore
March 1 - May 15, 2000
April 2001 - Completion

Virginia First Lady Roxanne Gilmore teamed with Richmond Metro Habitat for Humanity to launch the First Ladies Build in her state.

A second First Ladies Build house will be constructed in Fairfax City with Northern Virginia Habitat for Humanity. Former First Lady Virginia Holton will join in the event. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to make a donation, please call Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia at (703) 521-9890 or see www.richmondhabitat.org.



Washington, First Lady Mona Lee Locke
Aug. 14, 1999 - Aug. 1, 2000

Washington First Lady Mona Lee Locke took part in First Ladies Build in August of 1999. Mrs. Locke served as the honorary chair of the South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity Women Build event.

Dozens of female volunteers joined Mrs. Locke in constructing the house. The Habitat house was a two-story, two-family townhouse and was the first in the county to be built by a crew of women.

No experience is necessary to help on a Habitat construction site. If you are interested in volunteering with the South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity or would like to make a donation, please contact (360) 956-3456.



West Virginia, First Lady Hovah H. Underwood
Sept. 1 - 28, 1999

First Lady Hovah Underwood joined other first ladies in supporting the First Ladies Build in September of 1999. Women from across the state worked with Mountaineer Habitat for Humanity in an accelerated build with a West Virginia family. Mrs. Underwood said, "Women Builds give women the opportunity to express their passionate desire to eliminate substandard housing and provide those in need with a comfortable, safe place to raise a family."

Mountaineer Habitat for Humanity has previously held Women Build events and has been in existence since 1988. If you are interested in volunteering with this affiliate or would like to make a donation, please call (304) 746-0141 or www.habitatwv.org.



Wisconsin, First Lady Sue Ann Thompson
Sept. 9, 1999 - June 25, 2000

Habitat for Humanity of Dane County dove into the nation-wide First Ladies Build project on September 9, 1999. First Lady Sue Ann Thompson served as the honorary chairperson for the event and spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony. This is the third "Female Crew Build" in the state of Wisconsin. Women volunteers donated their Saturdays to help construct the house with Kim Bowen, the Habitat homeowner. Bowen has three children, works two jobs and still found time to put in her sweat equity hours each month. Her Habitat home is a two-story dwelling with four bedrooms. Volunteers worked through the winter on Saturdays to complete the house.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like to make a donation to Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, please call (608) 255-1549 or visit www.habitatdane.org.



Wyoming, First Lady Sherri Gerringer
Sept. 1, 2000 - May 3, 2001

Wyoming First Lady Sherri Gerringer is supporting Habitat for Humanity International's First Ladies Build in her state. The Heart of Wyoming Habitat for Humanity is hosting the First Ladies Build event. If you are interested in volunteering or making a donation, please call (307) 234-1348, or e-mail wy-hfh@trib.com.







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