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Habitat and Lowe’s Team Up for 10th annual National Women Build Week
Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity and a future homeowner family will work alongside Lowe’s volunteers and all-female construction crews for Habitat for Humanity’s 10th annual National Women Build Week, May 6-14. Habitat’s National Women Build Week invites women to help make a difference and devote at least one day to help build decent and affordable housing in their local communities.
More than 17,000 women, including Lowe’s Heroes volunteers, are expected to volunteer at construction sites across the country as part of Habitat’s 2017 National Women Build Week.
“During our annual Women Build event we especially invite women to volunteer with us,” said Executive Director Charlie Robertson. “Habitat welcomes everyone to our table. Many of our construction volunteers are women and we are grateful for the contributions they make to every one of our homes.”
In the Milwood neighborhood of Kalamazoo, volunteers will work to build a new energy-efficient home for a family of three. This ninth consecutive Women Build project will begin on Tuesday, May 9. Volunteers from several local businesses, including Women’s Lifestyle Magazine, Old National Bank, Nielsen, Advia Credit Union, Tower Pinkster, will join the future homeowner and her family and friends, and Habitat’s Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday crews to build on May 9-11, May 13, May 16-18, and May 20.
Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008 to empower women to advocate for affordable housing and spotlight the homeownership challenges faced by many. Each year, Lowe’s provides the support of their employee volunteers, Lowe’s Heroes, and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills so they can feel equipped to take part in the builds. Lowe’s Heroes will be among more than 50 volunteers joining to help build decent, affordable housing in the Kalamazoo area as part of National Women Build Week.
“Through our partnership with Habitat and support of National Women Build Week, Lowe’s empowers women to get involved in their communities, learn construction skills and make a meaningful impact,” said James Frison, Lowe’s director of community relations. “We’re grateful to all the women in greater Kalamazoo who will volunteer this week to help build and repair decent and affordable housing.”
Lowe’s donated nearly $2 million to this year’s National Women Build Week, including a $5,000 store gift card to Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity. Since 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat’s mission and helped more than 6,500 families improve their living conditions.
Habitat’s first Women Build event was held in 1998. Since then, all-women construction crews have helped build more than 2,500 homes in partnership with families.
For more information on Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program and to learn about Women Build events in communities across the U.S. year-round, visit Habitat.org/wb.