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National Women Build Week: An All-Female Construction Crew
Every year during the week leading up to Mother’s Day, Habitat for Humanity hosts National Women Build Week with events all around the country where women can get involved and make things happen! This week, women all across the country and locally will strap on their tool belts and put on their hard hats. It is National Women Build Week, and Habitat for Humanity will continue its tradition of providing affordable housing for low-income families but with a focus on women builders. Lisa Marie Nickerson, the director of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Program, said the organization has been able to break the myth about women on the construction site.
The National Women Build Week program, which started in 2008, has engaged more than 52,000 women in more than 300 communities across the nation. Lowe’s, which has donated $1.75 million to be distributed to local affiliates, including the Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity, sponsors the program. National Women Build Week challenges women to come together and devote at least one day to building simple, decent and affordable housing in their local communities. More than 41,000 women volunteers from all 50 states have participated in previous years.
For more information on Women Build Week, visit habitat.org/wb/national_women_build_week