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National Women Build Week begins

The fourth annual National Women Build Week begins Saturday, April 30, an event bringing together hundreds of female volunteers to construction sites across the United States.




More than 250 local Habitat for Humanity affiliates are participating in this major Women Build event sponsored by Lowe’s. Each local Habitat affiliate will be committing at least one day from April 30 to May 8 to a Habitat project using mostly women crews.

Lowe’s, the underwriter for Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build, awarded the participating affiliates with a $5,000 store gift card, as well as in-store volunteer training, in support of National Women Build Week.

“National Women Build Week is about helping to raise awareness of local housing needs and recruit more volunteers to accomplish our mission,” said Dena Jackson, partner event coordinator for Women Build.

Approximately 10,000 female volunteers are expected to build at Habitat for Humanity construction sites during this week. There will be several different types of construction taking place across the country, from raising walls to doing repairs and renovations.

In New York City, women and girls will be painting a community center as part of the local affiliate’s Brush with Kindness program. Habitat for Humanity of Portland/Metro East (Oregon) will be hosting a Mother’s Day build so moms can have a unique and rewarding experience with their children.

“We are very excited,” said Lisa Marie Nickerson, associate director of Women Build. “Our volunteers across the country will show that women can raise a hammer and make a difference.”
To help boost the profile of National Women Build Week, some well-known celebrities are getting into the act.

Actress Emily Bergl, star of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” and TNT’s “Southland,” is building with female volunteers in Charlotte where Habitat is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first house built by all-women volunteers.

In addition, Stone Soup cartoonist and Women Build supporter Jan Eliot will be volunteering on a build with Springfield/Eugene (Oregon) Habitat for Humanity. Lisa Whelchel, best known for her role as Blair on the 1980’s television show “Facts of Life” and a Christian writer, will be visiting a build site in San Angelo, Texas.

During National Women Build Week, a few affiliate staff and volunteers will be blogging about the builds taking place in their areas.

Check out the diary reports to read about what’s happening in the field.