Weymouth, MA, May 15, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- More than 30 women including Lowe’s Heroes from the Weymouth Store, and Taniya Nayak, the home interior guru who serves as a designer-host on HGTV as well as a featured designer on Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible” volunteered on a South Shore Habitat for Humanity construction site in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 3-10.
Now in its seventh year, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities. The week also spotlights the homeownership challenges faced by women.
The volunteers worked to build window and door frames in anticipation of two houses being constructed on Center Street in Hanover. Nayak, whose parents reside in the Weymouth home where she was raised, was joined by her mother, Leela, who is on her second house build with South Shore Habitat for Humanity. Working alongside this mother/daughter team were volunteers from corporate partners, Eastern Bank Women’s Interest and Volunteer Networks and New York Life. Nayak encouraged women to take Habitat for Humanity International’s National Women Build week as an opportunity to get involved in their local community. Across the nation, over 300 Habitat affiliates participated in National Women Build week. For this local event, GNU Foods, maker of Fiber Love bars, was the official snack sponsor.
Actress and author Holly Robinson Peete will help to rehabilitate a Habitat home in Los Angeles County. Peete, a mother of four, is the national spokesperson for National Women Build Week 2014 and a longtime supporter of Habitat for Humanity.
“I am delighted to once again support National Women Build Week and look forward to building alongside the amazing women who take part in this special event,” said Peete. “A home provides such a strong foundation for families, and this week offers great opportunities for women to join together, learn new skills and help families in need of affordable housing.”
Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008 and each year provides the support of Lowe’s Heroes and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills. Lowe’s donated $1.75 million to this year’s National Women Build Week, including a $5,000 store gift card to South Shore Habitat for Humanity, as part of a new five-year partnership with Habitat that will bring Lowe’s total contributions to more than $63 million since 2003. In celebration of this renewed partnership, Lowe’s and Habitat launched Hammers for Habitat, a volunteer initiative inviting men and women across America to give one day to help make the dream of homeownership a reality for a family in their community. To learn more, visit Habitat.org/Lowes.
“As part of National Women Build Week, we’re encouraging women across America to raise a hammer to help create safe and affordable housing in partnership with local families,” said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe's director of community relations. “We thank our Lowe's Heroes and the thousands of volunteers who will help strengthen communities throughout the country this week."
The U.S. Census Bureau reports more than 16.1 million children are living in poverty in the United States. Nearly 24 percent of the children reside with women heads-of-household. In 2012, 15% of Massachusetts children were living in poverty.
Habitat’s Women Build program recruits, educates and inspires women to build and advocate for simple, decent and affordable homes in their communities. Since the program was created in 1998, more than 2,200 homes have been built in partnership with low-income families using Women Build crews. More than 52,000 women from all 50 states have volunteered at the six previous Women Build Week events.
For more information on Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, and to learn about Women Build projects in communities across the U.S., visit Habitat.org/wb or the National Women Build Week tab on http://www.facebook.com/habitat.
About South Shore Habitat for Humanity
South Shore Habitat for Humanity (SSHH) is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to delivering simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with families in need. SSHH is based in Weymouth and serves 35 cities and towns south and southwest of Boston. Founded in 1986 as an independent, non-profit organization, SSHH works together with volunteers to help local families living in substandard housing move into simple, decent, affordable homes of their own. Since its inception, the organization has built 53 homes and provided housing for more than 94 adults and 187 children.
The organization uses a comprehensive evaluation process, founded on Habitat for Humanity International and H.U.D. guidelines, to select a family based on need, income, and willingness to partner with Habitat. The family purchases the home from South Shore Habitat through a 20-year, no-interest mortgage. A perpetual deed restriction maintains the affordability of the house. The cost for building homes is raised through private donations, corporate contributions, and support from our faith communities south and southwest of Boston.
For more information, to donate or volunteer, please visit www.sshabitat.org, or follow us www.facebook.com/habitat or at twitter @SSHabitat
Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated more than $34 million to 7,500 K-12 public schools, benefiting more than 4 million schoolchildren. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and the American Red Cross. In 2012, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 600,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org, or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog.