April 20, 2013 7:09:37 PM
Lowndes County area women are invited to grab their hammers and volunteer during Habitat for Humanity's sixth annual National Women Build Week. During the week of May 4-12, more than 300 Habitat affiliates nationwide will host women build projects in partnership with Lowe's, the underwriter of Habitat's Women Build program.
National Women Build Week challenges women to come together and devote at least one day to building simple, decent and affordable housing in their local communities. More than 41,000 women volunteers from all 50 states have participated in previous years.
"We are so excited to participate in National Women Build Week," said Kathy Arinder, executive director of Columbus Lowndes Habitat. "This is a great opportunity for women of all skill levels to come together to help a family in need."
To date, women volunteers have helped construct more than 2,100 Habitat houses nationwide. Locally, this is the sixth Women Build event for Columbus Lowndes Habitat.
Lowe's contributes more than $1.75 million to National Women Build Week and provides $5,000 Lowe's gift cards to more than 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 also conducts "How-To" clinics at local stores to teach women key construction skills that will empower them to support Habitat projects across the country.
No construction skills are necessary. To volunteer or donate to this project, please call 662-329-2501, email [email protected] or visit columbushabitat.org. Visit habitat.org/wb for more information on National Women Build Week.
Columbus Lowndes Habitat for Humanity was chartered in 1989. Since that time, the affiliate has built 40 homes and is constructing the 41st. Kathy Arinder, executive director, wants to encourage women to come out and be a part of this event. Sometimes women don't always feel comfortable on the job site and Women Build Week is designed to empower women. By the end of the day, new friends will be made, new skills will be learned, and a family will be well on their way to having a new home to accommodate their special needs. For more information, call 662-329-2501.
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 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.
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, visit columbushabitat.org.