National Women Build Week

In the days leading up to Mother’s Day, construction crews of female volunteers will be pounding nails and raising walls at Habitat for Humanity construction sites across the country in recognition of National Women Build Week, April 30 through May 8.

To help volunteers get a jump-start on their building skills, Lowe’s, underwriter of Women Build and sponsor of National Women Build Week, is hosting a “how-to” clinic on Saturday, April 30 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at its Carefree store, 34700 N. Cave Creek Rd. Participants will learn how to correctly use power and hand tools, install a ceiling fan and dimmer switch, create a kitchen backsplash, install tile and complete a faux paint project. There is no cost to enroll and Lowe’s provides all supplies.

Registration is not required. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and come ready to learn.

Habitat for Humanity Desert Foothills is looking for local women to volunteer for a day at a Habitat construction site from 7 to 11 a.m. May 7. Construction or home improvement experience is not necessary. The team of female volunteers and Lowe’s Heroes will come together to paint the Steier home in North Phoenix. The Steiers are the 24th recipients of Habitat for Humanity Desert Foothills partner homes. Their house has been under construction since January and is anticipated to be move-in ready by June.

Volunteer space is limited. To sign up or to learn about other volunteer opportunities with Habitat for Humanity Desert Foothills, contact Colleen Pyra at 623-551-6000 or pyra@habitatdf.org.

National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to help eliminate poverty housing. The event, now in its fourth year, has drawn more than 20,000 female volunteers from all 50 states. This is the first Women Build event for Habitat for Humanity Desert Foothills.

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