Ladies get their tools ready for Habitat Niagara’s 2nd Women Build

29 Jul
Women Build

On International Women’s Day this past March, Habitat for Humanity Niagara announced it was having another Women Build – but they didn’t anticipate the outpouring of interest as women from across Niagara and beyond signed up for their Build Day.

“When women connect, we challenge each other to succeed and to change our community for the better,” said Karen Dolyniuk, Habitat Niagara’s Chief Development Officer. “We have been overwhelmed by the incredible support from women right across Niagara for our 2017 Women Build project.”

Habitat Niagara’s Women Build will see more than 300 women come together to help fund and build a two-unit, semi-detached home for two families in Niagara Falls from August to December.

Habitat Niagara’s Women Build promotes the involvement of women in the construction of Habitat homes by hosting build projects with the majority of the planning and execution undertaken by women. Women Build is not about excluding men but it is all about including women!

These two houses will become homes for two local families, one with five children living in overcrowded, unsafe conditions, while the second will be an accessible home for a family with four children, one of whom requires a wheelchair.

Both families watched their dream starting to come true as Cotton Inc. began the excavation of the Grey Avenue lot that will become the foundation of their new homes.  The first Habitat Build Day takes place on Saturday, August 19th with main floor framing and on Monday, August 21st, the “Framing Blitz” takes place which will see over 40 Build Day participants and a dozen professional volunteer framers completely frame the two homes.

If you’re interested in getting involved with Habitat Niagara’s Women Build project, there are still some spots available to participate on a Habitat Build Day. Habitat is also seeking gift-in-kind donations of building product and services to help keep its expenses low.  Please contact Habitat Niagara’s Construction Manager, Craig Brown at craig@habitatniagara.ca

 

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