Women volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County during the third annual National Women Build Week can get a head-start on learning key construction skills and tips. Lowe’s in Union will host four more free “how-to” clinics for women in preparation of National Women Build Week, an initiative of Habitat’s Women Build program developed in partnership with Lowe’s. Habitat’s Women Build program empowers women to get actively involved with Habitat’s mission to help families in need of safe, decent and affordable housing.
“We are looking forward to National Women Build Week and the opportunity to engage more women in our work,” said Rev. Jeremy Montgomery, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County. “We invite women of all construction levels to join us on the build site and take the clinics hosted by Lowe’s in Union.”
The free clinics are open to women interested in volunteering at any local Women Build site during National Women Build Week. Attendees will learn home construction basics and have the opportunity to practice new skills. Three clinics have already taken place, so the public is encouraged to not miss the upcoming scheduled All clinics will take place at Lowe’s of Union at 1721 Morris Avenue on the following dates:
How to Install Insulation and Drywall Sat. April 12 10:00 A.M.
How to Finish Interior with Paint and Trim Sat. April 19 10:00 A.M.
How to Install Exterior Siding Sat. April 26 10:00 A.M.
To sign up for the clinics, volunteers should sign-up online at www.habitatgpmc.org/wb-clinics. Advanced registration is highly suggested to ensure sufficient instructors and training materials. Space for each training is limited, so please be sure to sign up as soon as possible
Lowe’s contributed more than $1.75 million to National Women Build Week and provided $5,000 Lowe’s gift cards to more than 300 participating affiliates. National Women Build Week is one of the major initiatives supported through Lowe’s five-year, $20 million pledge to Habitat. In fiscal year 2013, about 2,100 Women Build events take place in the U.S.
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County
Celebrating its 25th year, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is committed to improving the lives of low-income families by helping them build and buy their own simple, decent homes. Habitat offers families a hand up, not a hand out. Every partner family devotes at least 200 hours per adult of sweat equity to help build their home or a neighbor’s home and secures a 0% mortgage provided by Habitat. To date, thirty‐five homes have been built totally by volunteer labor using donations of money and materials from the community. Construction is underway on its largest project to-date, a five-home development on West Seventh Street in Plainfield called “Habitat Village”. To volunteer, donate, or own a Habitat home, visit www.habitatgpmc.org.
Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated more than $34 million to 7,500 K-12 public schools, benefiting more than 4 million schoolchildren. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and the American Red Cross. In 2012, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 600,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.
For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org, or follow us at http://www.facebook.com/habitat or at http://www.twitter.com/habitat_org