Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia and Lowe’s team up for 10th annual National Women Build Week

 

Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia invites women to help make a difference and learn more about the need for affordable housing in our local community during Habitat for Humanity’s 10th annual National Women Build Week, May 6-14.

 

“Women Build Week is a terrific way for women to come together and show their support for the work of Habitat for Humanity. Habitat North Central Georgia hopes to recruit, educate, and inspire women to build and advocate for affordable houses here in our own community,” according to Jennifer Garrard, Habitat – North Central Georgia’s Director of Resource Development.

 

Habitat – North Central Georgia will hold four events during this week to raise awareness and empower women.

 

Tuesday, May 9th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Kendra Gives Back Shopping Event – Kendra Scott at Avalon

Kendra Scott, a contemporary jewelry store, invites shoppers for an evening of sips, sweets, and jewels. Twenty percent of proceeds from sales during the event will go to Habitat North Central Georgia. No reservation required; everyone is welcome.

 

Wednesday, May 10th, 12:00 p.m.

Women and Money Lunch and Learn – Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Roswell – 10060 Alpharetta Hwy.

Thrivent Financial is providing a free lunch and learn presentation on financial security, especially designed for women. Thrivent, a Habitat for Humanity supporter, wants to help women face their unique financial challenges and increasing financial clout. Lunch will be served. Reserve attendance by contacting Jennifer Yankowsky at 404-357-8405 or jennifer.yankowsky@thrivent.com.

 

Thursday, May 11th, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

How-to Clinic at Lowe’s in Alpharetta – 10580 Duke Dr., off of Mansell Rd.

Participants will learn to build a planter box during this free clinic. All building materials, in addition to food and door prizes will be provided, and one of Habitat – North Central Georgia’s homeowners will share her inspiring story of attaining stability and self-reliance through Habitat homeownership. Reserve attendance by calling 678-672-5223 or emailing jgarrard@habitat-ncg.org.

 

 

Saturday, May 13th

Lowe’s Heroes Build Day – 6745 Sawnee Way, Gainesville, GA 30506

Lowe’s Heroes will work alongside the Aung-Zey family on a Habitat – North Georgia build day to assist in the construction of their house. Media welcome. Closed to the public.

 

Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008 to empower women to advocate for affordable housing and spotlight the homeownership challenges faced by many. Each year, Lowe’s provides the support of their employee volunteers, Lowe’s Heroes, and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills so they can feel equipped to take part in the builds. Lowe’s Heroes will be among the volunteers joining to help build decent, affordable housing in the area as part of National Women Build Week.

 

“Through our partnership with Habitat and support of National Women Build Week, Lowe’s empowers women to get involved in their communities, learn construction skills and make a meaningful impact,” said James Frison, Lowe’s director of community relations. “We’re grateful to all the women in Habitat – North Central Georgia’s area who will volunteer this week to help build and repair decent and affordable housing.”

 

Lowe’s donated nearly $2 million to this year’s National Women Build Week, including a $5,000 store gift card to Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia. Since 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat’s mission and helped more than 6,500 families improve their living conditions.

 

The need for affordable housing is critical in Habitat – North Central Georgia’s service area. More than 80% of families with incomes below $35,000 spend more than 50% of their income on rent in our region, putting families and children at risk of not being able to afford what they need for success. A report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition concluded that renters would need to earn at least $18.25 per hour, almost a dollar more an hour than the local median wage, to afford to rent a moderately-priced rental home. Habitat – North Central Georgia promotes strength, stability, and self-reliance by offering families affordable homeownership opportunities.

 

Habitat’s first Women Build event was held in 1998. Since then, all-women construction crews have helped build more than 2,500 homes in partnership with families. For more information on Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program and to learn about Women Build events in communities across the U.S. year-round, visit Habitat.org/wb.

 

About Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia

Habitat for Humanity-North Central Georgia is a non-profit, Christian housing ministry that builds affordable homes for purchase by low- to moderate-income families who demonstrate a capacity for responsible homeownership. Since its inception in 1995, Habitat-NCG has completed 291 homes serving over 1,150 family members in North Fulton, Cherokee, Forsyth, and Dawson counties. Each family is required to attend six educational classes and perform 200-300 sweat equity hours. Families earn between 30% and 60% of the Atlanta area median income and purchase their homes from Habitat, which finances the purchase with a 30-year, no-interest loan. In addition, Habitat-North Central Georgia has completed 29 repair projects serving veterans and seniors since 2014. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, the ministry also operates a ReStore, selling new and gently used building materials, furniture, and household goods, in Roswell. For more information on Habitat for Humanity-North Central Georgia, please visit www.habitat-ncg.org.

 

 

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