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May 6, 2014

Habitat, Lowe’s host Women’s Build

VALDOSTA — More than 25 women worked on a Valdosta-Lowndes County Habitat for Humanity construction site in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 3-11.

Now in its seventh year, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities. The week also spotlights the homeownership challenges faced by women.

“All the volunteers worked hard today during our Women Build and we were able to accomplish much towards the completion of the house,” Construction Manager Larry Henderson said Saturday. “We had a great time building.”

The volunteers worked to install closed shelves and paint the exterior of a house in North Lowndes County. Participating in this year’s Women Build were three groups of women from Valdosta State University plus other Valdosta and Lowndes County women.

Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008 and each year provides the support of Lowe’s Heroes and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills.

Lowe’s donated $1.75 million to this year’s National Women Build Week, including a $5,000 store gift card to Valdosta-Lowndes County Habitat for Humanity, as part of a new five-year partnership with Habitat that will bring Lowe’s total contributions to more than $63 million since 2003.

In celebration of this renewed partnership, Lowe’s and Habitat launched Hammers for Habitat, a volunteer initiative inviting men and women across America to give one day to help make the dream of homeownership a reality for a family in their community.

More information: Visit  www.habitat.org/partnerships/corporate-partnerships/lowes

“As part of National Women Build Week, we’re encouraging women across America to raise a hammer to help create safe and affordable housing in partnership with local families,” said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe’s director of community relations. “We thank our Lowe's Heroes and the thousands of volunteers who will help strengthen communities throughout the country this week."

The U.S. Census Bureau reports more than 16.1 million children are living in poverty in the United States. Nearly 24 percent of children reside with women heads-of-household. In Lowndes County more than 25 percent of families are in need of affordable housing.

Habitat’s Women Build program recruits, educates and inspires women to build and advocate for simple, decent and affordable homes in their communities. Since the program was created in 1998, more than 2,200 homes have been built in partnership with low-income families using Women Build crews. More than 52,000 women from all 50 states have volunteered at the six previous Women Build Week events.

More information on Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, and to learn about Women Build projects in communities across the U.S., visit Habitat.org/wb

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