Washington County Habitat and Lowe’s invite women to volunteer

Women to build homes nationwide in partnership with future homeowners April 30-May 8

Women in Washington County are invited to volunteer during Habitat for Humanity’s ninth annual National Women Build Week and help address the need for affordable housing in their community. Washington County Habitat for Humanity is one of more than 300 Habitat organizations nationwide hosting Women Build projects with support from Lowe’s, a longtime partner in the event. The project will support “Home for the Holidays,” a nationwide initiative by Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity to work alongside 1,000 families to help them build or repair their homes by the holidays.

On May 7, 2016, local volunteers will repair owner-occupied homes in Hancock, MD. We will meet at 8:30am at the Hancock UMC located at 170 W Main St. Hancock, MD, to receive work assignments.

National Women Build Week, held April 30-May 8, brings together women to devote at least one day to building decent and affordable housing in their local communities. More than 80,000 women from all 50 states have volunteered in previous years.

“We are excited to participate in National Women Build Week,” said Dr. Joyce Heptner, Executive Director of Washington County Habitat. “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”

Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008 and each year provides the support of Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills. This year, Lowe’s contributed $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 5,500 families improve their living conditions.

No construction skills are necessary to participate in this year’s project. To volunteer or donate, call (301) 791-9009 or email jessicascott@habitat-wc.org. For more information on National Women Build Week, visit Habitat.org/wb

About Washington County Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity has been constructing, renovating, and repairing homes in Washington County since 1994. To date 51 affordable homes have been sold to qualified low-income homebuyers. During the 2016 Habitat for Humanity of Washington County is slated to sell another six (6) homes to qualified low-income home owners, furthering our mission of creating a Washington County where everyone has a place to live. The Habitat for Humanity of Washington County Women Build project this year addresses Home Preservation projects in Hancock, MD.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity has grown from a grassroots effort that began on a community farm in southern Georgia in 1976 to a global nonprofit housing organization in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries. People 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 $225 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 Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.

Contacts

Jessica Scott  
Habitat for Humanity of Washington County
(301) 791-9009
jessicascott@habitat-wc.org

Megan Lewis
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
(704) 758-2368
megan.r.lewis@lowes.com