Habitat for Humanity Choptank and Lowes Host ‘How To’ Construction Clinics

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Habitat for Humanity Choptank and longtime national partner Lowe’s are hosting a “how-to” construction clinic for women volunteering during the 10th annual National Women Build Week. Taking place May 6 through 14, National Women Build Week encourages women to devote at least one day to helping families build a decent and affordable place they can call home in their local community. Habitat Choptank will be hosting Women Build Days in Cambridge and Easton.

“We look forward to working with Lowe’s for the 10th year of National Women Build Week and the opportunity to engage women in our work,” said Nancy Andrew, Executive Director of Habitat Choptank. “We invite women of all skill levels to join us on the build site and take the clinic hosted by Lowe’s to learn valuable construction skills.”

Similar clinics are taking place across the country and are open to women interested in volunteering at a local Women Build site during National Women Build Week. The local clinic will be held at Lowe’s of Easton at 501 Glebe Road on Wednesday April, 26, 2017 at 6pm. Participants will learn How to Safely Use Hand and Power Tools and How to Finish Interior with Paint and Trim.

To sign up for the clinic, volunteers should contact Habitat Choptank at 410-476-3204 or info@habitatchoptank.org.

Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008, and each year provides the support of Lowe’s Heroes volunteers and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills. This year, Lowe’s contributed nearly $2 million to National Women Build Week. Since its partnership began in 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat and helped nearly 6,500 families improve their living conditions.

About Habitat for Humanity Choptank

Since 1992, Habitat Choptank has empowered 72 working households from Talbot and Dorchester counties to build a better future for themselves through affordable home ownership. Habitat buyers complete financial education, help build their houses, and pay an affordable mortgage. While selling its homes to mostly first time and even first generation home buyers, Habitat Choptank has continued to maintain a less than 2% foreclosure rate with only one home foreclosed over its 24 year history. Currently, eight buyers are working through Habitat’s multi-step program which includes completing 300-400 hours of sweat equity, saving $4,500 for costs at settlement, attending education classes and eliminating any outstanding collectible debt toward the goal of becoming successful tax paying home owner. Additional applicants are welcome.  For information about home ownership, to volunteer with Habitat Choptank or to make a donation, visit www.habitatchoptank.org or call 410-476-3204.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

About Lowe’s in the Community

Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $250 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowe’s Open House digital newsroom or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.

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