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Habitat 10th Annual National Women Build Week

Posted March 2, 2017, 04:00 PM HST
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Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii and Lowe’s invite women to build alongside future homeowners during the 10th annual National Women Build Week, May 6 through 14.

Habitat West Hawaii is one of 300 Habitat organizations nationwide hosting Women Build projects during the week with support from Lowe’s, a longtime partner in the event.

On Saturday, May 6, local volunteers will join two homeowners in Waikoloa Village in building two homes as part of the Kamakoa Nui Affordable workforce housing project in partnership with Hawai‘i County, which helps families driving more than 30 miles to get to work every day. Four homes have already been completed for the project.

This year’s Women Build will also be an opportunity for community members to fundraise for their local Habitat for Humanity. Teams of 10 women and men can register to raise money to be used for the Home Builders Program. There will be a prize for most raised by a team and individual.

No construction skills are necessary to participate in this year’s project.

National Women Build Week brings together women to devote at least one day to building decent and affordable housing in their local communities. Nearly 100,000 women from all 50 states have volunteered in previous years.

“We are excited to participate in the 10th annual National Women Build Week,” said Patrick Hurney, executive director of Habitat West Hawaii. “This is a great opportunity for women of all skill levels to come together to help a family build or repair a decent and affordable place they can call home, and we are grateful to Lowe’s for their financial and volunteer support.”

Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008. Each year, the company provides the support of Lowe’s Heroes volunteers and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills. This year, Lowe’s contributed nearly $2 million to National Women Build Week. Since its partnership began in 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat and helped nearly 6,500 families improve their living conditions.

To volunteer or donate, visit www.habitatwesthawaii.org/events or call (808) 331-8010 or email amanda@habitatwesthawaii.org for more information.

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For more information on National Women Build Week, visit Habitat.org/wb.

About Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii

Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a global, non-profit housing organization. Habitat West Hawaii works with low-income families to help them build a safe, decent, and affordable place that they can call home. Habitat West Hawaii is volunteer driven, and relies on donation to help our partner families. To date, Habitat West Hawaii has completed 32 news homes, 36 critical home repairs and 24 Neighborhood Revitalization Projects.

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 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $250 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live.

To learn more, visit Lowe’s Open House digital newsroom.

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