Habitat seeks volunteers for its 2017 Women Build

 

This spring more than 10,000 women will volunteer at Habitat for Humanity construction sites across the country in recognition of National Women Build Week. Now in its ninth year, Habitat’s National Women Build empowers women to take the hammer and the lead to help local families in need purchase affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury (HFHWM) will be raising the walls on its eighth annual Women Build home on April 22 in Franklin, TN. This year volunteers will build a home alongside future homeowner and single mother Stephanie Dixon. Stephanie is a Franklin native who has been employed with APCOM, Inc. for the bast 31 years. Ms. Dixon has an eleven-year-old daughter, Ronesha, who is very active at West Harpeth Primitive Baptist Church where she sings in the choir and dances with the praise team. Stephanie is delighted to be able t buy a home where she can raise her beautiful daughter in a stable, safe environment.

Thanks to the kind support of the Drury Plaza Hotel and Taziki’s Mediterranean Café, HFHWM will host a kickoff event on Saturday, March 4th from 3 to 5 p.m. for both men and women wanting to learn more about volunteering on this build.

  • Saturday, March 4
  • The Drury Plaza Hotel
  • 3:00pm to 5:00pm
  • At 3:45, there will be a short presentation and tips on fundraising for the build.
  • Former Women Build participants will be on hand to answer questions.
  • Culinary delights will be donated from Taziki’s Mediterranean Café.

The sponsorship cost of the home is $70,000. Each person who participates 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. In addition, Lowe’s Home Improvement and HFHWM will also offer an optional, in-store workshop on Saturday, March 18th at the Spring Hill Lowe’s to help participants learn skills for the build site. No prior experience in either fundraising or house-building is necessary.

The event is FREE, but registration is required at womenbuild2017.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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury

For 23 years, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson-Maury (HFHWM) has partnered with local churches, businesses, foundations, and the public sector to provide 212 Williamson and Maury County families with the opportunity to purchase or rehab their own homes. Home construction and neighborhood development is funded through tax-deductible financial contributions and in-kind donations from local businesses, churches, civic organizations, and individuals, as well as through profits generated from the affiliate’s ReStore. These contributions, along with the labor of sponsor employees, church members, high school students, and other volunteers, enable HFHWM to build and sell homes to families who qualify.

After a thorough qualification process, applicants are selected based on three criteria: the need for housing, the ability to pay the mortgage, and the willingness to partner. HFHWM partner families must earn 280 hours of “sweat equity” by completing a home-buyer’s education program and working on their home and the homes of others. HFHWM sells the homes with a zero-interest mortgage loan, which make payments affordable. For more information about our home-ownership program, volunteering, or sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.hfhwm.org.