International Women Build Day
International Women Build Day is a global event focused on building and improving homes and raising awareness of affordable housing issues facing women and their families. Habitat, Lowe’s and hundreds of women volunteers will come together for the build day, which takes place on International Women’s Day, March 8.
For International Women Build Day 2019, volunteers from Lowe’s and Habitat will host builds and repairs in 16 U.S. cities, including Seattle, Nashville, Orlando and Lowe’s hometown, Charlotte, North Carolina. Volunteers from Lowe’s and Habitat will also build homes in Montreal, Canada and Bangalore, India.
Why is it important?
In the U.S., nearly 19 million households spend half or more of their income on a place to live. That means 1 in 6 families have to make the difficult decision between securing housing and paying for food, health care, childcare, education and reliable transportation.
Habitat and Lowe’s believe every child, person and family deserves a safe and stable home, and on International Women’s Day, we are calling on women across the globe to raise a hammer and share our message to spotlight this important issue. Through this partnership, Habitat and Lowe’s seek to empower women and provide them with opportunities to use their construction skills. Together, we will create safe, stable homes globally.
Valuable support from Lowe’s
Lowe’s partnership with Habitat began in 2003 and since then, the company has committed more than $63 million and helped more than 6,500 Habitat partner families improve their living conditions. Lowe’s has supported Habitat’s Women Build program since 2008 and since then, more than 10,000 Lowe’s Heroes volunteered in communities across the U.S.
Lowe’s will donate more than $1.4 million to support builds with Habitat on International Women’s Day. We believe, together, Lowe’s, Habitat and hundreds of volunteers on International Women’s Day can help support women in their goal to become homeowners.