Habitat For Humanity And Lowe’s Team Up For National Women Build Week

Monday, May 5, 2014
Judge Christie Sell and Katy Ingvalson devote time to help Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga complete a beautification project on a home located in Chattanooga's Bushtown Neighborhood.
Judge Christie Sell and Katy Ingvalson devote time to help Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga complete a beautification project on a home located in Chattanooga's Bushtown Neighborhood.

More than 25 women teamed together with Habitat for Humanity employees and partner families to complete beautification projects on a Bushtown home on Saturday to kick off Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week. This national initiative takes place annually from May 3 through May 11.
 
Now in its seventh year, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing or complete beautification projects in their local communities. The week also spotlights the homeownership challenges faced by women.
 
“We are tremendously grateful to the women who devoted their time and talents to Habitat for Humanity today to help us kick off National Women Build Week,” said Dominique Brandt, director of volunteers & events at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area.

“With their support, we were able to put a fresh coat of paint on the home and refresh the landscaping. This beautification project is part of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area’s recently launched Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, A Brush with Kindness.  Presently, we are focusing our revitalization efforts on Chattanooga’s Bushtown Neighborhood.”
 
Actress and author Holly Robinson Peete will help build a new home in Los Angeles County. Peete, a mother of four, is the national spokesperson for National Women Build Week 2014 and a longtime supporter of Habitat for Humanity.
 
“I am delighted to once again support National Women Build Week and look forward to building alongside the amazing women who take part in this special event,” said Ms. Peete. “A home provides such a strong foundation for families, and this week offers great opportunities for women to join together, learn new skills and help families in need of affordable housing.”
 
Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008 and each year provides the support of Lowe’s Heroes and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills. Lowe’s donated $1.75 million to this year’s National Women Build Week, including a $5,000 store gift card to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area as part of a new five-year partnership with Habitat that will bring Lowe’s total contributions to more than $63 million since 2003. In celebration of this renewed partnership, Lowe’s and Habitat launched Hammers for Habitat, a volunteer initiative inviting men and women across America to give one day to help make the dream of homeownership a reality for a family in their community. To learn more, visit Habitat.org/Lowes.
 
“As part of National Women Build Week, we’re encouraging women across America to raise a hammer to help create safe and affordable housing in partnership with local families,” said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe's director of community relations. “We thank our Lowe's Heroes and the thousands of volunteers who will help strengthen communities throughout the country this week."
 
The U.S. Census Bureau reports more than 16.1 million children are living in poverty in the United States. Nearly 24 percent of children reside with women heads-of-household.
 
Habitat’s Women Build program recruits, educates and inspires women to build and advocate for simple, decent and affordable homes in their communities. Since the program was created in 1998, more than 2,200 homes have been built in partnership with low-income families using Women Build crews. More than 52,000 women from all 50 states have volunteered at the six previous Women Build Week events. 

For more information on Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, and to learn about Women Build projects in communities across the U.S., visit Habitat.org/wb or the National Women Build Week tab on http://www.facebook.com/habitat.
 

 

Howard High School student, Alexis Carroll lends a helping hand at Habitat for Humanity's Women Build event on Saturday
Howard High School student, Alexis Carroll lends a helping hand at Habitat for Humanity's Women Build event on Saturday


THDA Names 2017 Tennessee's Best Award Finalists

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency has released its list of nominees for the 2017 Tennessee's Best Awards. Winners in the seven award categories will be announced at the Tennessee's Best Luncheon held  Sept. 21  at the Governor's Housing Conference in Nashville. Categories for this year's awards include Excellence in Partnership, Best in ... (click for more)

Mike Croxall: Back To School – Creating The Perfect Home Office

School is back in session in Chattanooga and the surrounding area, and that means the kids will be bringing home more and more homework. This, combined with a growing trend of professionals who are able to work from home on a permanent or part-time basis, places increased emphasis on creating the perfect home office. While the dining room table or living room couch are commonly ... (click for more)

Jury Hears About Incident Behind Food Lion That Authorities Say Led To Triple Murders In Lookout Valley

A Criminal Court jury on Thursday was told about an incident behind the Food Lion on Brown's Ferry Road that authorities say was the motive for an April 9, 2014, massacre at a Lookout Valley trailer park. Brandon Jackson said the incident five days earlier involved Derek Morse, who is standing trial on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree ... (click for more)

Firefighters Battle 2-Alarm Apartment Building Fire

More than a dozen people were forced from their homes early Thursday morning when fire broke out in their apartment building.   The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at  2:58 a.m.  and responded to Rainbow Creek Apartments at  7604 Standifer Gap Road  with six fire companies. Seeing a significant amount of fire upon arrival, a ... (click for more)

September Is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

The calendar fills up quickly in September as families return to a packed routine after quieter summer days. Unfortunately, your health might take a backseat to your busy schedule. So make a note on your calendar that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and remind yourself—or the men in your life—about the importance of a healthy prostate.   Prostate cancer is ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: McQueen & Her TVAAS

If I am reading my Ouija Board right, I suspect the Hamilton County School Board will vote to allow a controversial “partnership” to be formed with the state Board of Education tonight at its monthly meeting. State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen has said she will demand the one-sided partnership to take over the operation of five at-risk schools in Hamilton County and, if ... (click for more)