Mother’s day weekend kicked off with more than 15,000 women who helped build affordable housing for those who can’t afford to buy one. Together with Lowe’s Heroes volunteers, the construction was in full swing just in time for the Mother’s day celebration.
As the name suggests, Mother’s Day is all about honoring mothers as well as how they affect the society they are living in. In this year’s Mother’s Day celebration a gathering of women from different parts of the country came together to devote them in helping set up housing for their less fortunate community members.
Every year, on Mother’s Day, Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s partner up together to bring National Women Build Week where all women came together to learn the basics of construction and to help Lowe’s build budget friendly homes for various communities.
National Women Build Week
National Women Build Week isn’t just about honoring mothers but it is also about tackling an issue that reflects how children and women are affected with the construction of poverty homes. As a matter of fact, based on the census in the United States, about 14 million youths are living in poverty with 46% of them living in households that have women as heads of the family. These particular women are those who know how important it is to have a roof over their heads as well as their families. And because of this, volunteers from Habitat for Humanity as well as Lowe’s have come and banded together to help build homes for those who need them the most.
The National Women Build Week actually began back in 2008 with Habitat for Humanity being in partnership with Lowe’s. A week before Mother’s day, those who want to volunteer are given specific sites to work on from construction all the way to repairing old houses. Of course, since building a home is the goal here, the staff at Lowe’s actually conducts seminars on how to do construction.
Ever since the program began, about 2,300 houses have been built by all-women crew. What’s more, the women who participated in National Women Build Week back in 2008 amounted to 62,000 and they came from different states. In 2015, an estimated 15,000 women will join Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s to construct affordable homes.
One Habitat member, Tara Young, was now able to purchase a home for herself and her family. And in this year’s Build Week, she will be volunteering as well. Young was able to purchase her home through Habitat and today will share her construction skills to everyone. Prior to buying a home in Habitat, Tara Young, along with her 2 kids were living in her sister’s house and that she wasn’t qualified for the traditional mortgage. Thanks to Habitat for Humanity, she is now living in her own home with her family and now, she will be the one who will be volunteering for National Women Build Week to help out those who were the same as her.