National Women Build Week May 5-13

submitted to dorchester banner/Haibtat choptank Pictured from left: Alice Lloyd, Phyllis Rambo, Cindy Lilley, Susan Armstrong, Pam Nichols - volunteers for the 2017 Women Build project.

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Pictured from left: Alice Lloyd, Phyllis Rambo, Cindy Lilley, Susan Armstrong, Pam Nichols – volunteers for the 2017 Women Build project.

TRAPPE — For the 11th year, Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s are engaging women nationwide to work together to build Habitat homes during this year’s National Women Build Week from May 5-13.

National Women Build Week, a nationwide initiative created by Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s in 2008, has brought together more than 117,000 all-women construction volunteers to build or repair homes with nearly 5,000 families over the past 10 years. This year, Lowe’s donated nearly $2 million to Habitat for Humanity to support the 2018 National Women Build Week, which is set to take place in 300 communities nationwide.

Habitat and Lowe’s encourage all women to volunteer — no construction skills or experience in Habitat builds is necessary. Since Lowe’s national partnership with Habitat for Humanity began in 2003, the home improvement company has committed more than $63 million to Habitat and helped nearly 6,500 families improve their living conditions.

“We’re excited to partner with Lowe’s to educate, inspire and empower women to advocate and help Habitat homeowners love where they live through building or improving an affordable place they can call home,” said JoAnn Hansen, executive director, of Habitat Choptank. “We want to engage women of all skill levels to join their friends, families and neighbors to build up their communities and volunteer where women will gain invaluable skills to bring back and use in their everyday life.”

“Lowe’s is in the business of helping people improve and maintain their homes,” said James Frison, Lowe’s director of Community Relations. “Lowe’s Heroes have helped build hundreds of Habitat homes across the country and National Women Build Week is another chance for Lowe’s to reinforce our long-standing commitment to Habitat, Women Build and communities where our employees and customers live and work.”

In preparation for the build week, Habitat Choptank and Lowe’s are hosting “how to” clinics to equip volunteers with knowledge and skills in construction and home interior, basic safety techniques and what to expect when building a Habitat home. Lowe’s will host clinics at its Easton location on the following dates:
• April 28 at 9 a.m.: Household Garden Tools
• May 5 at 9 a.m.: Paint and Trim

Habitat Choptank will be offering the following build days for volunteers to get involved for a full day or a half day. The build days will be hosted at one of the following locations in Talbot and Dorchester County.
• May 8 or May 9 in Cambridge
• May 11 or May 12 in Easton
• May 12 in Hurlock

To sign up to attend a Lowe’s clinic or volunteer on a job site, please call Nora Skiver, volunteer coordinator at Habitat Choptank, at 410-476-3204.

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