Women Build volunteers finish ahead of schedule

A group of ladies from First United Methodist Church volunteered their time by being part of Women Build.
Staff Writer

Women from West Point and Clay County joined together with Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's to take part in Women Build, an all-female volunteer crew to work on a Habitat home. More than 20 women met Thursday morning at City Hall before departing for the house in need of painting.

"We had a great group of ladies come out to help the homeowner to get the house ready," Dawn Wilbourne of Clay County Habitat for Humanity said. "Amber Little is the homeowner. She is with us today, putting in the sweat equity by working on the house."

Wilbourne said there were women from Graham Roofing, First United Methodist Church, The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, the West Point Police Department and others who wanted to donate their time and energy to Habitat for Humanity.

"Volunteering is the most wonderful thing we can do," Darlene Cox said, "Helping out in the community is what it is all about. I'm so happy to be here."

The ladies were putting primer on the walls, putting putty on spots and removing nails and screws.

"We, from Graham Roofing, wanted to come out and help the community with this project," Christee Holbrook said.

The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., partner with Habitat for Humanity and provide landscaping to the new homeowners.

"It means a lot to the Deltas to be part of Habitat for Humanity," Carolyn Poston, a member of DSTS, Inc., said. "I wanted to be part of Women Build today. We enjoy doing what we can to help the family. We are a community service group, and we are always ready to help Habitat provide housing for those who need a little help."

Little has been at the home previously doing clean up and getting everything prepared to the Woman Build volunteers to primer the interior of the home.

"We hope to move in around the end of the month," Little said. "We're waiting on the installation of a stove and refrigerator. We plan to put up a privacy fence. I have two children and having lived in the county, we know about coyotes. We appreciate all of the help we have received."

Little said she was looking forward to each of her children having their own bedrooms.

Rev. Lynn Ronaldi, priest of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation said it afforded her the opportunity to show Christ by serving others. The Episcopal Church has been working with Clay County Habitat for Humanity for many years.

"In the scriptures, Jesus had everyone working together for others in need," Rev. Darian Duckworth, minister of First United Methodist Church, said. "We have all come together as the body of Christ as one community."