More than 18,000 women construction volunteers unite nationwide to build up their communities with local Habitat for Humanity affiliates.
TEMPLE TERRACE, FL (May 7, 2018) – 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. On Thursday, May 10th, a team of ten volunteers from Lowe’s North Dale Mabry store will be volunteering for the local Women Build construction event in Temple Terrace hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County.
Habitat Hillsborough’s Women Build is an eight-week home building event involving more than 150 women volunteers that has been underway since April 7th. The home, which is being built for Tangerla Burton and her four sons, will be completed by May 26th. The volunteer team from Lowe’s will be painting interior walls of the home on Thursday. In support of Habitat Hillsborough’s Women Build, Lowe’s also hosted a “how to” clinic in early April to help equip participating Women Build volunteers with power tool knowledge and safety techniques in preparation for their work on the construction site.
As part of National Women Build Week, Lowe’s and Habitat are activating a social movement to generate conversation about building one another up and sharing the message of women empowerment, positivity and action by using #BuildHer and #WomenBuild on their social media pages.
“We’re excited to partner with Lowe’s to engage women of all skill levels to volunteer to help us build affordable, secure homes that help stabilize local families,” said Habitat Hillsborough CEO Tina Swain.
Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008 and 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 $2 million to Habitat for Humanity to support the 2018 National Women Build Week, and provided how-to clinics at stores to help equip women volunteers for the builds. Since 2003, Lowe’s has committed over $30 million to Habitat for Humanity International and helped more than 6,500 Habitat families improve their living conditions.
“For 11 years, National Women Build Week has brought together thousands of strong women of all construction experience levels to build or repair homes with hardworking, empowered Habitat homeowners to address affordable housing issues,” said Lisa Marie Nickerson, associate director, Habitat for Humanity International. “We have seen firsthand the strength and independence that homeownership can provide for families. We are thankful for Lowe’s continued support, without which this week would not be possible.”
“Lowe’s is proud to sponsor National Women Build Week to educate, inspire and empower women to volunteer alongside other women in their community to address the critical issue of affordable housing. We know women working together are an unstoppable force for creating meaningful change in our communities,” said Colleen B. Penhall, Lowe’s vice president of corporate social responsibility. “At Lowe’s, we believe that a safe, stable home is an important source of strength, pride and security for families. Together with Habitat, our Lowe’s Heroes volunteers and women nationwide, National Women Build Week will provide valuable support to advance accessible housing in the communities where we all live and work.”
About Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County
Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County became an affiliate in 1987 and is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization founded and operated on Christian principles. Habitat Hillsborough is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their housing conditions. Habitat Hillsborough also operates two ReStores at 3738 E. Hillsborough Avenue and 11236 W. Hillsborough Avenue, which offer a wide variety of new and used building materials and home goods at discount prices. Habitat Hillsborough has built over 200 homes across the county. In addition, Habitat Hillsborough serves homeowners through its Home Preservation Program. Habitat Hillsborough has earned a Charity Navigator four-star rating.
About Lowe’s in the Community
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 60-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. In the past decade, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $300 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. For the latest news, visit Newsroom.Lowes.com or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.