More than 18,000 women construction volunteers unite nationwide to build up their communities with Habitat homeowners
(April 6, 2018) – For the 11th year, Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s are engaging women nationwide to work together to build Habitat homes during this year’s National Women Build Week from May 5-13. In preparation for the build week, Habitat for Humanity for Wicomico County and Lowe’s are hosting “how to” clinics to equip volunteers with knowledge and skills in construction and home interior, basic safety techniques and what to expect when building a Habitat home. In preparation for the build week, Wicomico Habitat and Lowe’s are asking women to get involved by signing up to volunteer and build.]
“We’re excited to partner with Lowe’s to educate, inspire and empower women to advocate and help Habitat homeowners love where they live through building or improving an affordable place they can call home,” said Molly Hilligoss, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County “We want to engage women of all skill levels to join their friends, families and neighbors to build up their communities and lend a hand to Habitat by signing up for build clinics so they will be equipped on the build site, or to volunteer where women will gain invaluable skills to bring back and use in their everyday life.”
“Lowe’s is in the business of helping people improve and maintain their homes,” said James Frison, Lowe’s Director of Community Relations. “Lowe’s Heroes have helped build hundreds of Habitat homes across the country and National Women Build Week is another chance for Lowe’s to reinforce our long-standing commitment to Habitat, Women Build and communities where our employees and customers live and work.”
Clinics are being held nationwide for women interested in volunteering with Habitat homeowners and fellow women volunteers during this year’s National Women Build Week.
Locally, Lowe’s will host clinics in Salisbury at 2606 N Salisbury Blvd on the following dates:
How to Safely Use Hand and Power Tools 5/5/2018 10 a.m.
How to Install Insulation and Drywall 4/28/2018 10 a.m.
How to Finish Interior with Paint and Trim 4/21/2018 10 a.m.
To sign up for a clinic, volunteers can sign up online at wicomicohabitat.org or contact Wicomico Habitat at 410-546-1551 Ext 106.
During May 8 through 12, local volunteers will work to help improve the Church street and Martin Street neighborhood with neighborhood clean-up, demolition, siding and insulation, painting and an extension and sprucing up of the community garden located in that neighborhood.
National Women Build Week, a nationwide initiative created by Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s in 2008, has brought together more than 117,000 all-women construction volunteers to build or repair homes with nearly 5,000 families over the past 10 years. This year, Lowe’s donated nearly $2 million to Habitat for Humanity to support the 2018 National Women Build Week, which is set to take place in 300 communities nationwide.
Habitat and Lowe’s encourage all women to volunteer—no construction skills or experience in Habitat builds necessary. To learn more about National Women Build Week, visit Habitat.org/wb.
Since Lowe’s national partnership with Habitat for Humanity began in 2003, the home improvement company has committed more than $63 million to Habitat and helped nearly 6,500 families improve their living conditions.
About Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County, Inc.
Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County was founded in 1987; since then, the affiliate has built 66 homes locally. Through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent homes with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat homes are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments come back to the affiliate to help build more homes for more families.
About Lowe’s in the Community
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 60-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. In the past decade, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Gives Foundation together have contributed more than $300 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. For the latest news, visit Newsroom.Lowes.com or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.