Nonprofit seeks construction volunteers for 2019

 

Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury (HFHWM) will raise the walls on its tenth annual Women Build home on April 11, 2019 in Fairview, TN and seeks volunteers interested in constructing it.  Thanks to the kind support of the Drury Plaza Hotel, HFHWM will host a free, informational kickoff event on Saturday, March 2 from 2pm to 4pm and invites anyone wanting to learn more about participating on the project to attend.

“The Women Build provides a fantastic opportunity for women to learn construction skills in a supportive environment while helping create a stable, safe home for a family,” says HFHWM Construction Site Manager Tasha Towry. “If you have ever wanted to be part of a Habitat build, this is a great place to start, and it is even more fun if you build with a friend or family member. The atmosphere is collaborative and welcoming, and you are sure to walk away with new friends.”

It’s important to note that the Women Build does not exclude men, but rather includes women in the construction process, offering an empowering, fun, and positive environment for women to give back in their communities.  Anyone age 16 and older is welcome and no experience is necessary. Volunteers work under the guidance of construction staff along with crew leaders and future Habitat homeowners.

This year volunteers will build a home alongside future homeowner and single mother Maria Herrera. Maria works two jobs while caring for her 72-year-old mother Estella and her son Abraham.  She is overwhelmed with gratitude, often to the point of tears.

“We are so thankful for this opportunity to build and buy a place to call home,” she says. “It is a godsend to have the community gather together to help our family. My hope is that my home will extend beyond just blessing my family, but allow me to better serve others as well.”

The full home sponsorship is $70,000 for the cost of “bricks and sticks” to build the home, covering everything from the foundation to the kitchen sink. Each participant has a fundraising goal of $250 to go toward the cost of the house and a volunteer goal of at least 1 build day. To help participants, a toolkit is provided with ideas and step-by-step instructions on how to raise the funds. Construction happens each weekend over a 10-week period, and no  experience in construction or fundraising is required.

2019 Women Build Informational Kickoff Event

When:  Saturday, March 2 from 2pm to 4pm

Where:  Drury Plaza Hotel – 1874 West McEwen Drive, Franklin, TN 37067

  • At 2:45, there will be a short presentation, meet and greet with this year’s future homeowners, and tips on fundraising for the build.
  • Former Women Build participants will be on hand to answer questions.
  • Del Frisco’s Grille and Tiff’s Treats are generously donating food for the event

The kickoff event is FREE, but registration is required at https://womenbuild2019.eventbrite.com.

Those who would like to join the build, but can’t make the kickoff event can contact HFHWM Volunteer Development Coordinator Rain Fisher at rfisher@hfhwm.org or 615-550-5619.

Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury will host its largest fundraiser of the year, Hammers & High Heels, on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs hosted by Dawn Davenport (104.5 The Zone).  All proceeds from that event will go toward the $70,000 sponsorship goal for the Women Build home. The event will include a plated dinner, live music from “Burning Las Vegas,” dancing, and a live/silent auction. Guests will also be treated to hand-crafted cocktails from Gray’s on Main and H Clark Distillery and fine Italian wines from Vino Andreucci. Tickets and sponsorship information can be found at hfhwm.cbo.io.   

About Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury

Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries. Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury (HFHWM) was fully incorporated as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International on December 5, 1992. We have built 233 homes in Williamson and Maury Counties and continue to build 10-12 new homes per year. Home construction, critical repair, and neighborhood development services are funded through tax-deductible financial contributions; in-kind donations from local businesses, churches, civic organizations, and individuals; and profits generated from our affiliate’s ReStore.

Homes built by Habitat are not given away, and partner families must complete a homebuyer’s education program and earn at least 200 hours of “sweat equity” by working on their home and the homes of others. After a thorough qualification process, applicants are selected based on three criteria: the need for affordable housing, the ability to pay the mortgage, and the willingness to partner. Completed homes are SOLD with an affordable, zero-interest mortgage to the families, helping build the strength, stability, and independence to build a better life.

For more information about our homeownership program, volunteering, or sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.hfhwm.org.