Recently over 10,000 women volunteered to build with Habitat for Humanity all over the country to advocate for affordable housing. Now in its sixth year, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities. The events are held each year during the week leading up to Mother’s Day.
Since the Women Build Program started in 1998, more than 2,100 Habitat for Humanity Women Build houses have been constructed in partnership with low-income families and individuals. Nearly 41,000 women from all 50 states have volunteered in the five previous events.
This year the National Women Build spokesperson was Holly Robinson Peete and we were thrilled to have her join us in renovating a home in Long Beach, California. She, along with volunteers from local Lowe’s stores and some of our Habitat Partner Homeowners, helped demo the home’s interior, build a new exterior fence and begin painting the outside of the home.
We had a great time getting to know each other, celebrating service and empowering others to get involved through social media. Our twitter feed was almost as loud as our power tools and hammers!
We want to thank Lowe’s for their amazing support both financially and physically; and also Holly Robinson Peete for her service and support!
As always, we had a camera with us so we put together this video with highlights from the day. We hope you enjoy it and feel compelled to share it. And hopefully we will see you soon on a Habitat build site too!