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Apr 29 2011

11th Annual Women Build kicks off this weekend! High heels optional

We can do it! Women volunteer during the 2010 Women Build.

Provided by Sea Island Habitat for Humanity

In the days leading up to Mother’s Day, construction crews of female volunteers will raise their hammers at Sea Island Habitat for Humanity and other Habitat for Humanity construction sites across the country in recognition of National Women Build Week, an annual week-long project sponsored by Lowe’s.

The mission of Women Build is to fund and build a home primarily by women for a low-income, working family, and to inspire women to empower themselves while at the same time develop lasting life skills and relationships. At Sea Island Habitat, the popularity of Women Build continues to grow each year. This year’s build, which will take place April 30 through May 7, has less than five volunteer slots open from the 200 slots that were available! In addition to the hundreds of local and out-of-town women who are coming out to volunteer, there will be several local TV personalities on site to help build including Laura Harris of ABC News 4, Deja Knight of Live 5 News and Rebecca Ryan and Carolyn Murray of NBC News 2. Former South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford also plans on attending this year’s build.

The 2011 Women Build home will be built for a single mother of two who has been working for a local grocery store chain for over 25 years. It will be her first home. The home is located in a pre-existing neighborhood, Joeva Cove, off of Bees Ferry Road in West Ashley, where ten Habitat homes will be built. It will be built to EarthCraft certification standards and will utilize cutting edge “green” techniques such as an ICF block foundation, tankless hot water heater, a high SEER HVAC unit and more. To date, female volunteers have built more than 1,800 Habitat houses nationwide during National Women Build Week, and locally, Sea Island Habitat for Humanity has built 11 Women Build homes. This will be their twelfth home.

Without volunteers to build the home or donors to fund it, the dream of homeownership would escape this deserving family. Fundraising for the event is well underway, but more donations are needed to meet the $60,000 funding goal. For more information on Women Build or to donate to the project, contact Sea Island Habitat for Humanity at 768-0998 or visit www.seaislandhabitat.org.

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