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Volunteers excited about focus on women

National Women Build Week 2012: Baltimore, Maryland
ByMadeline Manlove


Volunteers learn how to use power tools.


Volunteers drill holes into tresses during the annual Women Build day.

What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal - Albert Pine

On Saturday, May 5, 2012, a group of excited women from the Baltimore Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, energetic Central Maryland Volunteers, Red Hats and staff kicked off National Women Build week in Baltimore’s Pen Lucy neighborhood.

Wearing their purple Women Build shirts and bandanas, volunteers helped to frame ceilings on two homes and cleaned up yard debris and concrete.

National Women Build Week, sponsored by Lowe’s, is a celebration of women builders all over the U.S. coming together in support of safe, decent housing. The week kicked off in our area with a Habitat build in the Pen Lucy neighborhood, and ended on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, 2012.

“It’s so exciting for us to focus on women this week,” said Eleanor P. Matthews, President of the Baltimore Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta.

“Our women volunteers are very passionate about this effort, and they’ve volunteered a lot of hours already, learning the skills necessary to help eliminate poverty housing in the Baltimore metropolitan region.”

Ronnette Owens, the 2012 Women Build homeowner for our Habitat affiliate, dropped by with her three children at lunch time to chat and meet the participating Women Build volunteers.

Ronette and her family will soon be moving from Annapolis to Baltimore’s Orchard Ridge community. She is excited about starting a new life with her family in Baltimore, and enjoyed chatting with the Women Build volunteers.

Part of the busy day was captured by the WBFF Fox 45 news team who dropped by in the afternoon to film the activity and interview some of the participants. That evening, the Fox News at 10 featured our Women Build program, including an interview with our own Maddie Manlove.

By the end of the day, volunteers were tired and “glistening,” but smiling and laughing as they drove away with promises to come back.

Thank you, Women Build volunteers, for a terrific start to an empowering week!

Madeline Manlove is the special events and development associate at Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake.