Habitat Williamson-Maury Kicks Off Its 2016 Women Build at the Drury Plaza Hotel

Habitat seeks volunteers for its 2016 Women Build

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Who:  Habitat for Humanity of Williamson and Maury Counties

What:  Informational Kickoff Event for anyone wishing to learn more about the 2016 Women Build

When:  Saturday, March 5, 2016 – 3 to 5pm

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

Photo Caption: Women Build volunteers Cathy Culp and Carol McDaniel

For Immediate Release

Franklin, TN – 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 take the hammer and take the lead to help lower-income families in their own community purchase safe, affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity of Williamson and Maury Counties (HFHWM) will be raising the walls on its seventh annual Women Build home on April 2 in Franklin, TN. This year volunteers will be building alongside single mother Anyiir Aguto. In 2001, Anyiir came to the United States from the Sudan as a refugee of war. She was one of an estimated 20,000 children who later became known as “The Lost Boys.” These children, most of whom were 4 to 12 years old, fled their villages and families, most walking for more than a thousand miles to escape death or induction into the northern army. Anyiir and her brother were able to walk to Kenya and three years later they came to the United States when she was only 15. Anyiir is delighted to be able to buy an affordable home where she can raise her two beautiful daughters, Atong (12) and Ayen (11).

Thanks to the kind support of the Drury Plaza Hotel and Granite City, HFHWM will host a kickoff event on Saturday, March 5 at 3pm for women and men interested in volunteering on this build.

  • Saturday, March 5
  • The Drury Plaza Hotel – 1874 West McEwen Drive Franklin, TN 37067
  • 3:00pm to 5:00pm
  • At 3:45, there will be a short presentation about the Women Build and tips on fundraising
  • Granite City will serve appetizers. Drinks, including wine and beer, can be purchased.

The sponsorship cost of the home is $70,000. Each woman who participates has a fundraising goal of $250 to go toward the “bricks and sticks”needed for the home’s construction and a volunteer goal of at least 1 build day. A fundraising toolkit will be provided at the event with several easy ways to meet the $250 objective. In addition, Lowe’s and HFHWM will offer an optional, in-store workshop on a Saturday morning prior to the build 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 womenbuild2016.eventbrite.com.

Those who would like join the build, but can’t make the kickoff event can contact Jennee Galland at jgalland@hfhwm.org or 615-550-5617.

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About Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury
For 22 years, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson and Maury Counties (HFHWM) has partnered with local churches, businesses, foundations, and the public sector to provide 200 Williamson and Maury County families with the opportunity to purchase 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 at least 280 hours of “sweat equity” by completing a homebuyer’s education program and working on their home and the homes of others. HFHWM sells the homes at no profit and provides a zero-interest mortgage loan, which make payments affordable. For more information about our homeownership program, volunteering, or sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.hfhwm.org.

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