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Sunshine on our shoulders



It was a cloudy day, but the sun eventually snuck through to shine on all of our 100 Women Build volunteers in Cody, Wyoming.

Our day started at 6 a.m. and 34 degrees with overcast skies. The weatherman had even predicted snow and rain, but that did not deter our women volunteers. After a short word of prayer, and a quick safety demonstration and talk, our volunteers went to work on two new family houses.

The first group of women worked on texturing and painting. The second group went to work installing the pony walls, floor joists and sub-floor for our second family’s new home.

Around 10:30 a.m., the women took a short break to enjoy some fresh fruit, caramel buns and donuts provided by Diane Enzi (wife of U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi), a local donut shop and other volunteers. Everyone was back to work by 10:45.

At 11, our local radio station came and did a live broadcast. We gave out door prizes to the first volunteer from the radio audience to show up with a hammer at our job site.

At noon, the women volunteers were treated to a luau luncheon complete with live music performed by local talent. Ann Simpson, wife of former U.S. Sen. Al Simpson, encouraged our women volunteers and spoke to them about their service. The mayor of Cody, Nancy Tia Brown, spoke to our volunteers about their contribution to the community and Diane Enzi sent a note thanking the volunteers for their service to Wyoming.

Following lunch, the women went back to work finishing the sub-floor and were also able to raise a wall before calling it a day on our 2009 National Women Build Week project.

Jaime Schmeiser is the assistant director of Mountain Spirit Habitat for Humanity in Cody, Wyoming. She has served with the Habitat affiliate in Cody for two years.