Women's build kicks off on Mother's Day
Habitat for Humanity plans Mother's Day build
Rutherford County women will trade their heels for hammers and their purses for tool belts as Habitat for Humanity's launches its sixth annual Women Build event. Habitat will kick off its Women Build Program on Saturday, May 10.
Working under the supervision of experienced crew leaders, more than 65 local women volunteers will arm themselves with tools and building materials and work on a Habitat house already in progress in Rutherford County. The one-day build event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch provided for the volunteers that is sponsored by local businesses.
Habitat for Humanity, International has designated the week of May 3-11 as National Women Build Week. The national program, underwritten by Lowe’s, brings women from all walks of life together to learn construction skills and then use those skills to be part of the solution to poverty housing. National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities. Working with other women on a build site encourages women to step up and take roles that they might not traditionally attempt.
Last year’s Women Build was a great success with more than 65 volunteers working on a Habitat house and the Women Roofers working on multiple roofing projects.
A Women Build house is built using work crews comprised entirely of women. While there may be male construction supervisors overseeing the construction activities and providing instruction, the key goal of the program is to ensure that the women are doing the actual, hands-on building of the house. Women Build is not about excluding men - it is about including women - empowering them to build Habitat houses, and enabling them to positively impact the lives of families by making the dream of homeownership a reality. Since the program’s inception in 1998, Women Build volunteers have constructed more than 1,000 homes throughout the world.
Rutherford County Habitat is still seeking women from the community to volunteer for the Mother’s Day Women Build. Sponsorships and donations are also being accepted. Businesses and individuals can sponsor the Mother’s Day Event at the Diamond Hammer ($100), Ruby Hammer ($50) or Pearl Hammer ($25) levels. Donors may designate their contribution in honor or in memory of their mother or a special woman in their life. If donating in honor of someone, a Mother’s Day card acknowledging the gift will be sent to the honoree. Names of donors and those honored or memorialized will be placed on a Mother’s Day Women Build banner which will be displayed on the work site and later moved to the Habitat ReStore.
To donate, sponsor or become a Women Build volunteer, please contact Sheila Cain at 245-0716 or Kim Freeman at 248-3178.