Habitat For Humanity

Volunteers sought for Women Build Week

by Staff Reports

Coweta 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 sponsor 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 Leslie Merriman, executive director of Newnan-Coweta 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. This is the third Women Build event for Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity Inc.

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 for participants in Women Build Week. To volunteer or donate to the project, call 770-252-9049, extension 14, e-mail volunteer@nchfh.org or visit www.nchfh.org .

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