Cleveland’s Habitat Celebrates National Women Build Week

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Saturday kicked off National Women Build Week here in Cleveland Tennessee. National Women Build Week is a celebration of all of the women who come out along and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity all over the United States. Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland participated in this celebration by having 3 builds going on simultaneously Saturday, with Beverly Johnson providing teams, Cleveland Middle School and employees from the Athens TN Lowe’s Home Improvement store providing a team.

“We just appreciate and are grateful to our Cleveland community and our Women Build groups, and we’re very grateful to Lowe’s for helping sponsor and pay for another home.” said Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland Executive Director Tammy Johnson.

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Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008 and has brought together more than 117,000 all-women construction volunteers to build or repair homes with nearly 5,000 families over the past 10 years. This year, Lowe’s donated $2 million to Habitat for Humanity to support the 2018 National Women Build Week, and provides how-to clinics at stores to help equip women volunteers for the builds. Since 2003, Lowe's has committed over $30 million to Habitat for Humanity International and helped more than 6,500 Habitat families improve their living conditions.

“Lowe’s is proud to sponsor National Women Build Week to educate, inspire and empower women to volunteer alongside other women in their community to address the critical issue of affordable housing. We know women working together are an unstoppable force for creating meaningful change in our communities,” said Colleen B. Penhall, Lowe’s vice president of corporate social responsibility. “At Lowe’s, we believe that a safe, stable home is an important source of strength, pride and security for families. Together with Habitat, our Lowe’s Heroes volunteers and women nationwide, National Women Build Week will provide valuable support to advance accessible housing in the communities where we all live and work.”

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The volunteers at the construction sites were seeming to have a great time working. One of the volunteers, Kathy Hooks, was very enthusiastic about her time at the job site.

“Oh, I’m loving it. We’re having a good time and we’re working together. I’m so excited about this. Just being able to help someone, to be able to make a difference in somebody’s life is such a great feeling.”

Even though the volunteer support has been great, there are still some opportunities to get involved.

“We will have teams out here until June 8th and we have a few spots open, but there aren’t many. If people are still interested, all they have to do is call LaManda Bowers, our Volunteer Manager or go to our website at HabitatofCleveland.org.” said Natalie McNair, Donor Engagement Manager at Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland.

The excitement didn’t stop with the volunteers. 

“I didn’t know what to think, I’m used to seeing two-by-fours.” Marvin White, a future Habitat homeowner said at the site of his future home. “I’m in shock, it’s coming so quick!”

The White family, along with the Vance and Chairez families will have their homes dedicated on Thursday, June 14th. For more information on that, visit our community calendar. 

Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build and repair homes, communities and hope. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland and Women Build 2018, visit habitatofcleveland.org/women-build.

Erik McNair