Habitat for Humanity's Women Build program, underwritten by Lowe's, recruits, educates and inspires women to build-and advocate for-simple, decent and affordable houses in their communities.
Women have the capability and determination necessary to build Habitat for Humanity houses, addressing the problem of substandard housing in a concrete way so that families have safe, decent and affordable homes.
Poverty housing is a severe threat to children's health, growth and potential. According to the Census Bureau, in the United States more than 16 million children are living in poverty.
Women volunteers boost Habitat's capacity to build more houses and serve more families. More than 2,100 Women Build houses have been built since the program began in 1998.
Lowe's is a national partner with Habitat for Humanity International and has contributed nearly $40 million to Habitat's work.
Lowe's contributed more than $1.75 million to National Women Build Week and is providing $5,000 grants, as well as in-store how-to clinics to train women volunteers in support of a local one-day Women Build.
Women Build is not about excluding men, it's about including women so they can learn construction skills on a more inclusive construction site. More than 2,100 homes have been built by women crews in the United States, as well as in dozens of countries around the world.
In 2012, nearly 10,500 women volunteers at more than 275 Habitat affiliates participated in National Women Build Week-helping to recruit volunteers and raise awareness of the role that women can play in addressing the need for affordable housing.
Habitat for Humanity builds homes with people in need of improved housing. Habitat offers a hand up, not a hand out.
All homeowners invest "sweat-equity" labor in the construction of their homes and make payments on no-profit mortgages that go into a revolving fund to help build more houses.
Habitat is a worldwide, grassroots movement with a presence in nearly 80 countries-including all 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.
Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 600,000 houses worldwide
For more information, please visit: Habitat for Humanity's Women's Build.