Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and Lowe’s Team up for 10th Annual National Women Build Week

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LOS ANGELES, CA, (May 4, 2017) Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) and future Habitat homeowners will work alongside Lowe’s volunteers and an all-female construction crew on May 9th during Habitat for Humanity’s 10th annual National Women Build Week, May 6-14. Habitat’s National Women Build Week invites women to help make a difference and devote at least one day to help build decent and affordable housing in their local communities.

More than 17,000 women, including Lowe’s Heroes volunteers, are expected to volunteer at construction sites across the country as part of Habitat’s 2017 National Women Build Week.

“Lowe’s partnership has made a big impact on our ability to build more Habitat homes in our community and we applaud their dedication to empowering women through National Women Build Week,” said Erin Rank, President & CEO, Habitat LA.  “We are thrilled to build alongside so many female Lowe’s Heroes and our future homeowners, while celebrating the power within us all to change lives.”

More than 50 volunteers from local Lowe’s stores will help build new homes currently underway in the city of Downey. Volunteers will be doing both interior and exterior work such as hanging drywall and installing siding.  Lowe’s heroes will host its Women Leadership Meeting onsite that morning and their DIY clinics on June 1st at both the Norwalk and Mid-City stores.

In addition to local Lowe’s volunteers, current and future homeowners, popular blogger and best-selling author Emily Schuman, of Cupcakes and Cashmere, will also be building. Launched in 2008, Emily’s site explores delicious personal recipes, recommendations from experts she swears by, her classic sense of décor and personal style, her take on natural beauty, chic DIYs, and motherhood. Emily is known for cultivating rich content and a super engaged following. Habitat LA is thrilled to have her participate in National Women Build Week and to be able to share her Habitat LA experience with her loyal following.NWBW2016 group

Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008 to empower women to advocate for affordable housing and spotlight the homeownership challenges faced by many. Each year, Lowe’s provides the support of their employee volunteers, Lowe’s Heroes, and conducts how-to clinics at stores.

“Through our partnership with Habitat and support of National Women Build Week, Lowe’s empowers women to get involved in their communities, learn construction skills and make a meaningful impact,” said James Frison, Lowe’s director of community relations. “We’re grateful to all the women in greater Los Angeles who will volunteer this week to help build and repair decent and affordable housing.”

Lowe’s donated nearly $2 million to this year’s National Women Build Week, including a $5,000 store gift card to Habitat LA. Since 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat’s mission and helped more than 6,500 families improve their living conditions.

Habitat’s first Women Build event was held in 1998. Since then, all-women construction crews have helped build more than 2,500 homes in partnership with families.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program and to learn about Women Build events in communities across the U.S. year-round, visit Habitat.org/wb.

Stay informed on all Habitat LA events and news on Twitter @HabitatLA (#BuildLA), Instagram @HabitatLA, and Facebook.

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. As the top nonprofit homebuilder in the greater Los Angeles area with five consecutive Charity Navigator 4-Star ratings, Habitat LA has partnered with volunteers, donors and Habitat homeowners to build, renovate and repair more than 1,200 homes locally and worldwide since 1990. The lives of thousands of individuals have been transformed as a result of having a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes and pay an affordable mortgage. By supporting Habitat LA through volunteerism, donations and supporting affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future. To learn more, visit www.habitatla.org.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

About Lowe’s in the Community
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 60-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. In the past decade, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $300 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. For the latest news, visit Newsroom.Lowes.com or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.

Media Contact:
Yvonne Lara
Habitat LA
424-246-3187
ylara@habitatla.org