Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Get your hands dirty

Posted By on Wed, May 5, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Instead of being waited on hand and foot this Mother's Day, why not pick up a hammer and swing it for a good cause.


In recognition of National Women Build Week this week, Habitat for Humanity volunteers are taking up tools and building materials to work in Woodmen Vistas development, the organization says in a press release.

Developed through the partnership between Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote one day to the effort to eliminate poverty housing. The event is an initiative of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, underwritten by Lowe’s, which recruits, educates and nurtures women to build and advocate for simple, decent and affordable houses in their communities.

On Friday, women are building in the 36-home Woodmen Vistas development where 12 homes are completed and four homes are under construction. A group of women from Lowe’s is volunteering as well as other women from all walks of life. They will be working in shifts from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 pm to 4:30 p.m.

“It’s so exciting for us to focus on women this week,” said Paul Johnson, local Habitat for Humanity executive director. “Our women volunteers are very passionate about this effort, and they’ve volunteered a lot of hours, learning the skills necessary to help eliminate poverty housing in the Colorado Springs community.”

Lowe’s is providing Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity a $5,000 Lowe’s store gift card in support of this one-day build. Nationwide, Lowe’s committed more than $1 million to National Women Build Week, providing grants and event support materials to 200 participating affiliates. This is a major initiative of Lowe’s five-year, $20 million pledge to Habitat, a commitment including underwriting of the Women Build program, as well as providing construction know-how at in-store clinics and build sites, and funding for a variety of Habitat projects across the country.

“Lowe’s has been the proud sponsor of Habitat’s Women Build program since 2004. This innovative program encourages women from all walks of life to pick up their hammers and build homes alongside Habitat partner families,” said Larry D. Stone, Lowe’s president and COO and chairman of the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “2010 marks the third anniversary of National Women Build Week. Lowe’s salutes the more than 11,000 engaged women who have volunteered on Habitat jobsites across the U.S. during National Women Build Week to help bring an end to poverty housing.”

To get to Woodmen Vistas: From I-25, exit Woodmen Road, go east on Woodmen, after Powers turn north (left) on Tutt; turn right (east) on Sorpresa Lane and travel a couple of blocks to Crestone Peak Trail; the development will be on the right.

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