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