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New friendships and frames are formed in Wisconsin

National Women Build Week 2012: Green Bay, Wisconsin
By Kristen Jeanquart


Volunteers prepare to lift the frame of Habitat home in Green Bay, Wisconsin.


The purple bandana was distributed to all NWBW participants.


Saturday, May 11 was a beautiful day in Green Bay, Wisconsin and a perfect day for our National Women Build Day.

A group of approximately 15 women from the community gathered to frame a home for a local family.

This year, we had the pleasure of having the homeowner from last year’s Women Build Day join us again. It was a great opportunity for a current Habitat homeowner to share her experience with a new Habitat homeowner!

Shortly after the morning meeting, the sounds of nailing and laughter resonated throughout the neighborhood as the women began their work. Pretty soon the first walls were tipped up and the house quickly began to take form.

Throughout the day there was a great sense of cooperation, friendship and unity.

At lunch, the number of women on the site grew as the Leadership Council from the local Girl Scouts came to serve lunch. The girls eagerly served lunch and surveyed the progress of the build site.

The volunteers also took a few minutes to tell the Girl Scouts why they volunteer with Habitat. It was a great melding of women, young and old, coming together for a common cause, and hopefully it inspired some future Women Build volunteers!

By the end of the day, the women completed all of the first floor framing on the house.

The women left with a great sense of accomplishment, pride in their work and new friendships.

Kristen Jeanquart is the volunteer coordinator for Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity.