Together, Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity built International Women Build Week on a foundation of strength, resilience and perseverance. This year’s virtual events will kick off on International Women’s Day, March 8, and conclude on March 15.
Habitat and Lowe’s have partnered to provide tools for women to empower and educate themselves on skills used when repairing and restoring homes. By using the hashtag #BuildHer to share inspirational stories, experiences and ways to positively impact communities, Habitat and Lowe’s are uniting women for a central goal of encouraging and building each other up.
A global event, International Women Build Week focuses on raising awareness of the challenges women face in accessing safe, affordable housing. Women Build events provide the opportunity for women to take a proactive step in serving their communities as well as a terrific way to involve friends and family of all ages in crucial work with a lasting impact. While there will not be onsite build projects this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and there is no substitute for swinging a hammer, Habitat Choptank invites you to join them for their Virtual Women Build Week.
Mary Ellen Bauer, Habitat Choptank Board Member and Repair Crew volunteer shared the following about the women who inspire her to build: “Sandy Holicky, Terri Spence, Pam Martinson, and Sandy Wrightson are essential volunteers I have had the privilege of becoming friends with, while volunteering with the Home Repair Crew in Cambridge…They share endless hours of their time, unlimited supplies of tools, and have even purchased much needed equipment on job sites and donated them to Habitat. As an adult woman, these women are helping me to ground myself in my belief that sharing my time and my resources are so important for the betterment of this community.”
You can view Habitat Choptank’s DIY videos which will be shared via social media and on their website throughout Women Build Week. These videos will teach new skills that can be utilized at home on DIY projects and hopefully down the road on future Habitat builds. Video topics include installing flooring, fire safety tips, and watching a room be transformed with prep, paint, and wallpaper.
You can also show your support online. Share why you support Habitat Choptank on International Women’s Day using the #BuildHer hashtag and tag Habitat Choptank. You may also donate to Habitat Choptank in honor of an influential woman in your life and get a limited edition Women Build t-shirt! Please visit https://www.habitatchoptank.org for more information about how you can get involved.
About Habitat Choptank
Since 1992, Habitat Choptank has made home ownership possible for 90 families and has completed critical health and safety repairs in partnership with over 185 qualifying homeowners. At present, 9 homes are under construction in Dorchester and Talbot Counties. Income qualifying homebuyers are offered access to affordable mortgage financing in order to purchase a new construction or rehabbed home from the nonprofit’s project inventory. After completing “sweat equity” hours, attending pre-homeownership classes, and meeting debt reduction and savings goals, these individuals and families will purchase homes that they helped construct and assume the full responsibilities of homeownership including maintaining their home, paying property taxes and repaying their mortgage over 30 to 33 years. Habitat accepts applications for its homeownership and repair programs throughout the year. For more information, for information about the Habitat Choptank ReStore, to make a donation that benefits our local community, or volunteer, call 410-476- 3204 or visit www.HabitatChoptank.org.
About Lowe’s in the Community
Lowe’s has supported the communities where its associates live and work for more than 70 years. As a FORTUNE®50 home improvement company, Lowe’s is committed to creating safe, affordable housing and helping to develop the next generation of skilled trade experts through nonprofit partnerships. Across every community we serve, Lowe’s associates donate their time and expertise through the Lowe’s Heroes volunteer program. For the latest news, visit Newsroom.Lowes.com or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.