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Huntington Area Habitat answers all the right questions

National Women Build Week 2012: Huntington, West Virginia
ByJennifer R. Hatten


Women Build volunteers from all across the community participated in Huntington Area Habitat’s NWBW.


Volunteers show off the gifts they received from a generous donor.


Huntington West Virginia Area Habitat for Humanity was honored to be selected as one of 275 affiliates nationwide participating in National Women Build Week, sponsored by Lowe’s.

Serving Cabell County, West Virginia, for more than 22 years, this was not the first time our affiliate had participated in National Women Build Week; however, in light of the event’s fifth anniversary, we found ourselves wanting to do something different.

We started asking questions such as, “What can we do differently this year from years past?,” “How will we attract volunteers?” and “What will make biggest impact?”

Then it came to us: Why not plan a week’s worth of activities targeting females representing different industries and organizations? So that is exactly what we did.

For our first day, we turned to Habitat for Humanity’s original call of putting faith into action and hosted “Women of Cabell County Churches Day.” Females from the congregations of two area churches joined together and spent their day volunteering on the construction site.

On Tuesday, we hosted “Women in Realty Day” and were joined by female realtors who went from selling homes to constructing one. Several women from various local media outlets joined us on Wednesday for “Women in Media Day.”

On Thursday, our affiliate was joined by women representing “Power of the Purse,” a leadership group associated with the local United Way. “Women in Government Day” brought women from both local and state government to the construction site on Friday. Our final event, “Board of Directors Day,” was hosted on Saturday and attracted female board of directors members and their friends.

During National Women Build Week, a total of 46 females volunteered with our affiliate, many of which had never volunteered with Habitat before.

Thanks to a generous donor, each woman left with a pink tool belt complete with safety goggles, scissors and tape measure. Also, thanks to Habitat for Humanity and National Women Build Week, each woman returned to their own home knowing they played a part in creating a safe, decent and affordable home for a family in need.

Jennifer R. Hatten is the director of development and communications for Huntington, West Virginia Area Habitat for Humanity.