Lowe’s How-To Workshops prepare Habitat volunteers for Women Build event
[PLAINFIELD, NJ] — Habitat for Humanity International’s Women Build project is coming to Greater Plainfield this Spring to build a home in partnership with a local family. To help women volunteers get a jump-start on their building skills, Lowe’s, underwriter of Women Build, is hosting free How-To Workshops during the months of March to April at its Piscataway store.
The Women Build program brings women from all walks of life together to learn construction skills and then use those skills to be part of the solution to poverty housing.
Nationally, women make up 50 percent of Habitat’s volunteer force, yet women account for only 15 percent of volunteers actively doing construction. By involving more women in construction, Women Build projects enable Habitat to build more homes with families in need.
This coming May, local women volunteers here will add to the 1,900 Habitat for Humanity houses built by women throughout the United States and in dozens of other countries. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County will receive a $5,000 grant from an undisclosed local sponsor for the upcoming Women Build. Additional sponsorship opportunities are being solicited from other local businesses and individuals.
Women Build How-To Workshops are open to members of the public who are interested in volunteering for any local construction project at Habitat of Plainfield/Middlesex. There is no cost to enroll in the workshops, and supplies are provided by Lowe’s in Piscataway. Each of the three workshops, led by Lowe’s store employees, will teach women volunteers home construction basics and offer opportunities to practice new skills. Women will also learn tool safety tips and build the confidence they will need on the build site. Volunteers will have an opportunity to utilize their skills on a Women Build planned with Habitat of Plainfield/Middlesex in May 2012, or on any other regularly scheduled workday.
“More than 12 million children—one out of every six—live in poverty in the United States alone,” says Rev. Jeremy Montgomery, Executive Director of Habitat of Plainfield/Middlesex. “This Women Build, our very first one, is literally putting the tools into women’s hands that enable us to move families out of poverty one house at a time.”
The free workshops will take place at Lowe’s, 1345 Centennial Avenue in Piscataway, NJ on the following dates:
How to Install Insulation and Drywall
March 8, 2012 | 7:00 PM
March 17, 2012 | 10:00AM
Painting and Trim
March 14, 2012 | 7:00 PM
March 24, 2012 | 10:00 AM
April 5, 2012 | 7:00 PM
Frame for Walls
April 7, 2012 | 10:00 AM
April 12, 2012 | 7:00 PM
Online registration is highly recommended to ensure sufficient instructors and materials are prepared. To view all event information, visitwww.habitatgpmc.org/women.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat for Humanity brings together people with resources and people in need to build simple, decent, affordable houses. The houses are sold to those in need at no profit. Since 1989, 33 homes have been built by Habitat of Plainfield/Middlesex, all built 100% by volunteers using tax deductible donations of money and materials.
This coming Spring, Habitat of Plainfield/Habitat will finish its 34th home in Plainfield on East Sixth Street.
Anyone interested in volunteering or offering donations is encouraged to call (908) 769-5292 or visit their Web site at www.habitatgpmc.org.