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Women invited to participate in Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County Women Build

Women from Williamson County will come together beginning on Aug. 18 to construct the third Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County (HFHWC) Women Build home in Fairview. Charles and Marsey Badgett, along with their two children, will be the partner family purchasing the home. Charles and Marsey will be actively involved in helping the volunteer women build as they accrue the “sweat equity” hours that is part of the Habitat model.

This year’s theme, “The Build Generation,” reflects the event’s goal to recruit and train women volunteers, as well as welcome the next generation of Habitat Women Builders – young women, ages 18-24 – to help support Habitat’s mission to create affordable housing.

HFHWC is actively seeking volunteers to get involved with the Women Build project.  Women from all walks of life can participate in this life changing experience. The sponsorship cost of the home is $70,000. Each woman that participates raises at least $500 to go towards the cost of the home. Without the women involved, this home wouldn’t be built!  To help women raise money a toolkit is provided with ideas and step-by-step instructions on how to raise the funds. 

This year Mrs. Tennessee, Bethany Sharp, will be the spokesperson for the Women Build. Bethany sees the need for affordable housing in her community and wants to lend a hand to make a difference. She plans on attending the first day of the build. On Thursday, Aug. 9 she hosted a silent auction held at the Martin Center in Brentwood.  This is one of several events centered on raising funds to offset the $70,000 sponsorship that covers “bricks and sticks.” “I am excited to be involved in impacting the work of Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County. This is an opportunity to empower women to help other women. I look forward to getting started,” said Sharp.

Several women have participated in the build each year. This year will be the third year for Wanda Bruce Graham. Wanda said, “I participated in the Women Build the first year on a whim and it was addictive. I now serve on the board of directors and participate on the family selection committee. This is a wonderful organization and I believe in the mission.”

For information, contact Kathi Johnson at 615-550-5617 or kjohnson@habitatwilliamson.org. 

Lowe’s, underwriter of Habitat’s Women Build program, has committed more than $1.3 million to National Women Build Week in support of 275 participating affiliates. National Women Build Week is one of the major initiatives supported through Lowe’s five-year, $20 million pledge to Habitat. “Lowe’s has been the proud sponsor of Habitat’s Women Build program since 2004,” said Marshall Croom, chairman of the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “Women Build encourages women from all ages and walks of life to pick up their hammers and build affordable homes alongside local families. Lowe’s salutes all the women volunteers who take time to build this week and values the difference Lowe’s and Habitat are making in the lives of families across the nation.”

The U.S. Census Bureau reports more than 12 million children—one out of every six—are living in poverty in the United States, where more than 70 percent of Habitat’s U.S. houses are built in partnership with women heads-of-household. In Williamson County more than 3000 families are in need of affordable housing. Habitat’s Women Build program recruits, educates and inspires women to build and advocate for simple, decent and affordable houses in their communities. Since the inception of Habitat’s Women Build program in 1998 more than 1,900 Habitat for Humanity Women Build houses have been constructed in partnership with low-income families.

For information about the homeownership program, visit www.habitatwilliamson.org.

 

Posted on: 8/13/2012

 
 

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