Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana will work alongside Lowe’s volunteers and all-female construction crews for Habitat for Humanity’s 10th annual National Women Build Week, May 6-14. Habitat’s National Women Build Week invites women to help make a difference and devote at least one day to help build decent and affordable housing in their local communities.
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.
“Volunteers will work to raise walls, set trusses, and install siding among many other tasks in order to build this three bedroom, 1 bathroom home. This will be our first Women Build home in Lowell, Indiana and we have multiple groups already signed up to build for a day,” said Dan Klein, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana. “Our Women Build last year was in Hammond, IN and everyone who participated had a great time volunteering!”
Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008 to empower women to advocate for affordable housing and spotlight the home ownership 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 200 volunteers joining to help build decent, affordable housing in the Lowell 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 Northwest Indiana who will volunteer 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 for Humanity of Northwest Indiana. 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.
For more information on Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program and to learn about Women Build events in communities across the U.S. year-round, visit Habitat.org/wb.