2017-04-20 / Top News

Women to build Habitat home during National Women Build Week


Kerry Colvett, Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County board member, works on a Habitat home. 
COURTESY PHOTO Kerry Colvett, Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County board member, works on a Habitat home. COURTESY PHOTO Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County and the Marte family, future Habitat homeowners, will work alongside Lowe’s volunteers and all-female construction crews May 6-14 for Habitat for Humanity’s 10th annual National Women Build Week. Habitat’s National Women Build Week invites women to 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.

“We are proud to take part in a program that is powered by women, funded by women and empowers women. Participating groups represent Palm Beach County schools, corporations, civic groups and groups of families and friends,” says Amy Brand, chief development officer of Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County.

At this year’s home in the Coleman Park neighborhood of West Palm Beach, volunteers will work to build, paint and landscape the Marte home in anticipation of a Home Dedication in July. This is the fifth Women Build home to be undertaken by Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County.

“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 Palm Beach County who will volunteer this week to help build and repair decent and affordable housing.”

Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008 to empower women to advocate for affordable housing and spotlight the homeownership challenges faced by many. Each year, Lowe’s provides the support of their employee volunteers and 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 300 volunteers helping build decent, affordable housing in the Coleman Park neighborhood of West Palm Beach area as part of National Women Build Week.

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 Palm Beach County. 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 www.habitat.org/wb. ¦

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