Women at Work

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Article Published: May. 3, 2012 | Modified: May. 3, 2012

Habitat for Humanity International’s Women Build project is coming to Boone in May to build a home in partnership with a local Watauga family.

To help volunteers get a jump start on their building skills, Lowe’s, underwriter of Women Build, is hosting How-To clinics May 5 at the Boone store.

The Women Build program brings women from all walks of life together to learn construction skills and then use those skills to be part of the solution to poverty housing. This May, local women volunteers here will add to the more than 1,900 Habitat for Humanity homes built by women throughout the United States and in dozens of other countries.

Women Build How-To clinics are open to members of the public who are interested in volunteering for any local Women Build. There is no cost to enroll, and supplies are provided by Lowe’s.

The two clinics, led by Lowe’s store employees, will teach women volunteers home construction basics and offer opportunities to practice new skills. Women will also learn tool safety tips and build the confidence they will need on the build site. Volunteers will have an opportunity to utilize their skills on a Women Build planned with Watauga County Habitat for Humanity Wednesday, May 9.

The free clinic about how to safely use hand and power tools will take place at Lowe’s, 1855 Blowing Rock Road in Boone from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5.

To sign up for the clinics, volunteers should contact Jennifer Ramey, Watauga County Habitat for Humanity’s volunteer coordinator, at (828) 268-9848. Each clinic is limited to 25 participants.

Registered volunteers should wear comfortable clothing. All supplies will be provided on site.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity International’s Women Build program, visit http://www.habitat.org/wb.

For more information about Lowe’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity and Women Build, visit http://www.Lowes.com/Habitat.

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