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April 25, 2014

Female volunteers wanted for ‘Women Build’

The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity is joining with the national organization and its partnership with Lowe's to celebrate National Women Build Week. Habitat Westside is planning an all-women’s day of home building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10 at 543 M St.

Habitat Westside is asking women to learn construction skills over Mother’s Day weekend as a means of gaining self-reliance, performing a community service and having a little fun.

The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity is joining with the national organization and its partnership with Lowe’s to celebrate National Women Build Week with a home building project from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10 at 543 M St.

“It’s going to be a fun day for women to come out and learn,” said Ashlee Williams, Habitat Westside’s executive director. “This is our third year, and it’s going great. We expect 30 or more volunteers.”

Habitat Westside is one of more than 300 Habitat affiliates nationwide hosting Women Build projects. Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008. Each year, the home-improvement chain provides instruction from Lowe’s employee who volunteer to conduct how-to clinics to teach construction skills.

Women volunteers have helped construct more than 2,200 Habitat houses nationwide. Locally, Habitat Westside volunteers have contributed to building about five houses through the Women Build program.

“We are excited to participate in National Women Build Week,” said Patrick Ho, president of Habitat Westside. “This is a great opportunity for women of all skill levels to come together to help a family in need.”

Williams said Habitat will choose a family in May to occupy the M Street home. A workshop, giving information on how to qualify for a home, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. May 4 at United Methodist Church, 1031 Iowa Ave.

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