Habitat, Lowe's team up for National Women Build Week in Savannah

Credit Michael Mroziak

Credit Michael Mroziak

Through it all, a smile lit up her face, knowing that she was helping build the Habitat for Humanity house that she and her three children will move into in a few months. Construction hours are 8:30 a.m.to 2:30 p.m., with lunch from 11:30 a.m.to noon, Tuesday through Saturday.

"When you have the power of 50 women, things get done in a hurry", announced Amanda Lamppa who was proud to report that this week's Habitat for Humanity Women Build was completed in record time. "Being a woman leader, obviously, I am very thrilled about the fact that we have a very strong volunteer community of women".

Arvidson said that many people assume that the organization receives funding from Habitat for Humanity International - the umbrella organization that provides broad guidelines for otherwise autonomous chapters like the one in Taos.

In Saginaw, the troopers and other volunteers are working on two projects.

Amy Van Dell, resource development manager for Manatee County Habitat for Humanity, said the insulated concrete form makes for a low-maintenance, energy-efficient home. "So they're not going to college and coming out without debt", Bianchi said.

The Mahoning Valley branch of Habitat for Humanity takes part every year.

The Women's Build doesn't exclude men but encourages women to be the primary builders.

Just last week, Slifer was notified that her home would be the site of the Women Build.

"Eighty percent of the volunteers on that particular house are women", she said. "Somebody working minimum wage or even a little bit above that just can't afford a house that costs that much", she said.

This week is National Women Build Week.

"We are excited", said Arcos. "We have to find all funding ourselves".

"It was very hard to let them go, and better to see them come home", she said.

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