Thousands of women across the country join together May 5 – 13 to build homes with local families
Women volunteers will raise their hammers at Habitat for Humanity construction sites across the country in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 5-13. The event is a nationwide initiative of Habitat’s Women Build program developed in partnership with Lowe’s. Now in its fifth year, National Women Build Weekchallenges women to devote at least one day to creating simple, decent and affordable housing in their local communities. Nearly 31,000 women volunteers from all 50 states have participated in the previous four events.
To date, women volunteers have helped construct more than 1,900 Habitat houses nationwide. Locally, Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County (Habitat CFC) has built 8 Women Build homes.
Habitat CFC’s National Women Build Week kicks off with Mary Himes, Cynthia Blumenthal, and Sonya Finch joining members of General Electric’s corporate women’s network to begin construction of the affiliate’s 9th Women Build sponsored home. Volunteers are needed Wednesday, May 9 and Friday, May 11 from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. to help frame walls and build sub-flooring. If you can’t spend the whole day, Habitat invites you to stop by between 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. to learn more about Women Build and see volunteers in action. There will also be a family program offered Friday, May 11, 3:30 -5:00 p.m. for parents and children to work together and learn more about Women Build and Youth United, Habitat CFC’s program for kids age 5-25. The week will end with a Wall Raising Ceremony on Saturday, May 12, at 9:00 a.m. celebrating the beginning of construction on another safe and affordable home for family in need.
National Women Build Week is held the week leading up to Mother’s Day because of its significance to Habitat homeowners and volunteers. Families with children make up a staggering number of those in need of adequate housing. More than 12 million children - one in six - live in poverty housing in the United States alone.
This year’s theme, “The Build Generation,” reflects the event’s goal to recruit and train women volunteers, as well as welcome the next generation of Habitat Women Builders – young women, ages 18-24 – to help support Habitat’s mission to create affordable housing. Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County (Habitat CFC) are looking for women to volunteer at a Bridgeport Habitat construction site for at least one day during this nine-day event that culminates on Mother’s Day. Construction or home improvement experience is not necessary.
Lowe’s contributed more than $1.3 million to National Women Build Week, providing $5,000 Lowe’s gift cards to 275 Habitat affiliates. National Women Build Week is one of the major initiatives supported through Lowe’s five-year, $20 million pledge to Habitat. As the underwriter of the Women Build program since 2004, Lowe’s conducts “how-to” clinics at stores to teach women construction skills, enabling them to support Habitat projects across the country.