May 13th, 2013
Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity and Lowes invited women to volunteer during National Women Build Week. Women to build homes in partnership with low-income families May 4-12
White Sulphur Springs, WV, (May 11, 2013)- More than 40 women including Lowes Heroes and Joan Reed volunteered on an Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity construction site today in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 4-12. Now in its sixth year, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities.
The 47 volunteers worked on installing the trim/baseboard on one house and painted the interior on a second house at the Summer Elms Development, White Sulphur Springs, WV. Additionally, Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity had 18 volunteers, 3 of which were mother/daughter volunteers in Franklin, WV and they painted the exterior of a house and in Durbin, WV there were 11 volunteers that built interior walls for a house that will be built this summer.
“It was an honor to take part in today’s event. It was so gratifying to witness such cooperation, talent and energy from such a diverse group.” said Joan Reed, Executive Director of the Sheppard Center of Lewisburg, WV.
Courtney Hartman a volunteer said “Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers both male and female of all skill levels. No one should underestimate the abilities of a woman- she can run a home, raise a family, and have a career. A woman can truly do it all!”
Actress and author Holly Robinson Peete will help to rehabilitate a Habitat home in Los Angeles. Peete, a mother of four, is the national spokesperson for National Women Build Week 2013 and a long-time supporter of Habitat for Humanity.
“I am delighted to support National Women Build Week and want to encourage women to get involved with Habitat this week,” said Peete. “Having a home provides such a strong foundation for families, and this week provides great opportunities for women to come together, learn new skills and help families in need of affordable housing.”
Lowe’s donated a $5,000 store gift card to Almost Heaven Habitat and $1.75 million to the 2013 National Women Build Week to support 300 participating affiliates. National Women Build Week is one of the major initiatives supported through Lowe’s five-year, $20 million pledge to Habitat. As the underwriter of the Women Build program since 2004, Lowe’s conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach women construction skills and provides the support of Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers to build homes with partner families across the country.
“Lowe’s has underwritten Habitat’s Women Build program since 2004, and we are proud to continue to bring together women from all walks of life to raise walls alongside local families in need,” said Marshall Croom, chairman of the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “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 million children are living in poverty in the United States. Nearly 48 percent of the children reside with women heads-of-household. In Eastern West Virginia, more than 17.2% of families are in need of affordable housing. Habitat’s Women Build program recruits, educates and inspires women to build and advocate for simple, decent and affordable homes in their communities.
Since Habitat’s Women Build Program was created in 1998, more than 2,100 Habitat for Humanity Women Build houses have been constructed in partnership with low-income families. Nearly 41,000 women from all 50 states have volunteered in the five previous 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.
About Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity
Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has served Eastern West Virginia for nearly 25 years providing safe, decent, affordable homes to hundreds of families. Habitat for Humanity partners with volunteers and low-income Partner Families to build or renovate houses that are then sold to the partner families at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.almostheavenhabitat.org
Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated more than $34 million to 7,500 K-12 public schools, benefiting more than 4 million schoolchildren. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and the American Red Cross. In 2012, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 600,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org, or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog.