May 20th, 2015
White Sulphur Springs, WV, (May 2, 2015) – 87 local individuals representing churches, businesses, and civic organizations volunteered on Saturday May 2nd to help frame the walls for two Habitat for Humanity houses that will soon be the new homes of two local families in need – the Claypoole and Ramsey families. More than 62 women, including Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers, worked on an Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity construction site in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 3-11.
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.
Now in its seventh year, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities. The week also spotlights the homeownership challenges faced by women. Locally, volunteers worked to frame the walls for two new houses in the Summers Elms Development in White Sulphur Springs, WV, a 10 house affordable housing development.
“There is still much work that needs to be done this summer so that these two families can move into their new homes before Thanksgiving, so I’d like to personally invite women and men from the greater Greenbrier County area to pick up a hammer and work alongside of the Claypoole and Ramsey families to help build a better future for themselves and to build a storing community.” Invites Michelle Connor, Executive Director of Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity. “Habitat for Humanity is not a hand-out, but a hand-up to struggling families.”
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 Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity 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 for Humanity 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 www.habitat.org/lowes.
About Lowe’s in the Community
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 100 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $200 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit www.lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and www.LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.
About Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity
Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has worked for over 25 years in partnership with low-income families in Eastern West Virginia. Our mission is to eliminate substandard poverty housing in Greenbrier, Pocahontas and Pendleton Counties and to make safe, decent, affordable housing a matter of conscience and action. Since 1989, they have helped low-income families to build and buy over 150 new affordable homes and performed over 500 critical repairs with other local families in need. Almost Heaven Habitat builds not only houses, but also relationships and a sense of community through our partner families and volunteers who work together in equal partnership. For more information about volunteering or making a donation locally visit www.almostheavenhabitat.org.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. 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.