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Local Habitat for Humanity set to host Women Build in conjunction with Lowe’s

May 8, 2014

BY Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Clay County Habitat for Humanity (CCHFH) in partnership with Lowe’s will sponsor the third “Women Build,” Friday. at Lone Oak. Lowe’s sponsors workshops to educate women to be part of the building process when they volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
“We are thrilled that Lowe’s once again awarded CCHFH a $5,000 grant for Women Build,” said Dawn Wilbourne, president of CCHFH. “This is the third time we applied for the grant and have been lucky to have been chosen each time. The award is a Lowe’s gift card with which we can buy supplies for the Habitat home. Friday, Lowe’s will send a crew to teach basic skills to the women who volunteer to help with the home.”
Wilbourne said the volunteers will be doing interior painting Friday, mostly ceilings. The grant money will be used for painting supplies, countertops and whatever is needed to finish the project, Wilbourne said. She is always excited to be part of Women Build. Most women do not have the skills to do their own home repair and upkeep, but Lowe’s sponsors Women Build to teach women home repair and improvement, Wilbourne said. Ten women will be volunteering Friday during “Women Build,” according to Wilbourne.
“As part of National Women Build Week, we’re encouraging women to across America to raise a hammer to help create safe, affordable housing in partnership with Habitat for Humanity HFH) and local families,” said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe’s director of community relations. “We thank our Lowe’s Heroes and the thousands of volunteers who help strengthen communities throughout the country by being part of HFH.”
CCHFH has built 10 houses since the Clay County chapter started in 1991, Wilbourne said. The organization averages a home every three years. In between, CCHFH helps with hand rails, wheelchair ramps and other projects the homeowners need.

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