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Thousands of Women Set to Help Build Affordable Homes
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on May 05, 2013 @ 3:52PM
Created on May 04, 2013 @ 7:25PM

Most people would probably say that construction seems to be more of a man's job. Well, not anymore. This weekend kicks off National Women's Build Week. Both Lowes and Habitat for Humanity have teamed up for the sixth year, to get women involved in this unique way to help the community.

More than 10,000 women are expected to volunteer across the nation this week. They'll be coming out to construction sites in full-force, armed with hammers and hard hats, so they can give back to their community.

For a lot of those women, this was a learning process.  Many of them took some basic classes at Lowe's beforehand. They learned how to install windows and doors, but it's mostly learn-as-you-go.  Though, they do have supervisors on-site to help.

Habitat for Humanity builds about two houses a year in Mon County. In order to get one of those, you have to apply and go through an interview process.  Then, you must have an ability to pay for the house, which is typically valued around $75,000.  However, you must have a need for the home.  As in, if you're living in sub-standard housing.  There's zero interest on the house, something that makes it possible for recipients to own it.

Tara Davis is one of two 2013 house recipients. She said, "It's a great opportunity for the community. These are well-built houses. They're esthetically nice. It's helping people in the community that need help, and it's helping people helping others. In a whole-that's what this is all about."
This is the 42nd house built in Monongalia County and 700th in the state.
A local delegate was there to lend a helping hand, and she told us why the focus on women is so important.
"I think, certainly, women helping each other and supporting each other and lifting up. The two women that these houses are being built for are here today, so it's been a wonderful opportunity to get to meet them and to know about their children and families."

She added, "To realize that we're helping another woman and her family get a step-up in life and have a better quality of life and opportunity to succeed."

This particular house in Sabraton has to be done by December of this year. If you'd like to volunteer, you can visit their website http://www.habitat.org/

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