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April 22, 2014

Women to help build Habitat homes

Women in Kokomo are invited to volunteer May 3 during Habitat for Humanity’s seventh annual National Women Build Week. The local group is one of more than 300 Habitat affiliates nationwide hosting Women Build projects with the support of Lowe’s, Habitat’s longtime partner in the event.

Construction begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. May 3 at 1215 N. Wabash Ave.

National Women Build Week, May 3 through May 11, challenges women to devote at least one day to building simple, decent and affordable housing in their local communities. More than 52,000 women volunteers from all 50 states have participated in previous years.

“We are excited to participate in National Women Build Week,” said Mark Sloss, executive director of Kokomo Habitat. “This is a great opportunity for women of all skill levels to come together to help a responsible family obtain the dream of home ownership.”

To date, women volunteers have helped construct more than 2,200 Habitat houses nationwide. Kokomo Habitat has built three Women Build houses.

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 $1.75 million to National Women Build Week as part of a new five-year partnership with Habitat that will bring Lowe’s total contributions to more than $63 million since 2003. In celebration of this renewed partnership, Lowe’s and Habitat launched Hammers for Habitat, a volunteer initiative inviting men and women across America to give one day to help make the dream of homeownership a reality for a family in their community. To learn more, visit Habitat.org/Lowes.

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