Women volunteers across the U.S. join together to build affordable housing in their communities
ATLANTA (May 2, 2013) – Actress and author Holly Robinson Peete will join more than 10,000 women, including Lowe’s Heroes from across the country, to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity construction sites 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.
Peete, a mother of four, is the national spokesperson for National Women Build Week 2013 and a longtime supporter of Habitat for Humanity. She will join volunteers to help rehabilitate a Habitat home in Los Angeles.
“I am delighted to support National Women Build Week and want to encourage women to get involved with Habitat this week,” said Peete. “Having a home provides such a strong foundation for families, and this week provides great opportunities for women to come together, learn new skills and help families in need of affordable housing.”
National Women Build Week is a nationwide initiative of Habitat’s Women Build program developed in partnership with Lowe’s. Lowe’s donated $1.75 million to support this year’s National Women Build Week and will provide $5,000 gift cards to 300 participating Habitat affiliates.
“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. 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.
“National Women Build Week demonstrates some of the greatest strengths of Habitat for Humanity—bringing people together, urging individuals out of their comfort zones and inspiring others,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We are so grateful to Lowe’s and to women all across the U.S. who are reaching out a helping hand to help families build the foundation for a better future.”
National Women Build Week is one of the major initiatives supported through Lowe’s five-year, $20 million pledge to Habitat. 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.
Nearly 41,000 women from all 50 states have volunteered at the five previous events. For more information on Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, and to learn about Women Build projects in communities across the U.S., visit Habitat.org/wb  or the National Women Build Week tab on http://www.facebook.com/habitat .
Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education ®, has donated more than $34 million to 7,500 K-12 public schools, benefiting more than 4 million schoolchildren. Lowe’s Heroes  employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity , Rebuilding Together  and the American Red Cross . In 2012, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation  together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility .
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 600,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org , or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat  or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org  or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog .