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.
According to Jenna Cucco, “Women Build is an opportunity for the Habitat community to come together and celebrate the strength of women in our lives, our communities, and around the world, as well as to advocate for – in the words of Pablo Casals – a world more worthy of its daughters. Not only does NWBW showcase the place of women in construction, a traditionally male field, it also witnesses to the influence women have in their own communities to work for affordable housing and to pursue a love that does justice for all our neighbors.”
In Habitat’s Northstone neighborhood, volunteers will begin exterior framing on a new home and push to complete the interior work on 2 homes already under way.
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 Hickory 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 Catawba County 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 Habitat Catawba Valley. 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.
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