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"Women at Work" with Habitat for Humanity

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Habitat for Humanity calls for women volunteers to build a home in Aurora, August 12th, 2009

Aurora, Minn. (July 29, 2009) – North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity is calling for women volunteers to participate in a local “Women Build” project. Women Build, underwritten by Lowe’s, is a program of Habitat for Humanity that encourages women to address the crisis of children in poverty by building homes with families in need.

In the United States alone more than 12 million children – one out of every six – are living in poverty. The availability of affordable housing is a major factor in a community’s ability to overcome such sobering statistics. According to the Minnesota Housing Partnership, renting a 2-bedroom apartment consumes the entire median income for renters in 22 counties in Minnesota, including St. Louis County.

For women who want to build a village, but don’t know where to start, North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity invites you to volunteer for a day at the August 12th Women Build in Aurora. With the guidance of Habitat’s volunteer site supervisors, all women are invited to learn, practice, and teach their construction skills as another simple, decent, affordable home is built in our area.

The Aurora home is being built with future Habitat homeowner Heather Jackson and her son, Austin. Heather and her son have been renting and moving frequently in recent years and are very much looking forward to owning their own home. As avid sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts, Heather and Austin are especially excited to be building in Aurora.

Heather works two jobs to provide for her family, and she will invest at least 200 hours of time and sweat equity into their new home. Heather knows how to swing a hammer and has helped frame many homes already. She has been very involved in the floor plan layout, getting city approvals, picking out building materials, and taking classes on homeownership and maintenance at AEOA. “My dream is just within my grasp and I just can’t help it,” she said, laughing as we discussed her seemingly boundless motivation and energy.

You are invited to work alongside Heather and women from across the Iron Range to build an affordable home in northern St. Louis County. To sign up for the afternoon or morning shift at the August 12th Women Build or to learn more about Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, women interested in volunteering should contact North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity at (866)749-8910. Each volunteer shift is limited to 20 participants, so call and reserve your spot now! Registered volunteers should wear comfortable clothing and bring a ready-to-learn attitude. All supplies will be provided on site, but if you have a favorite hammer or pair of work gloves – bring them.

About North St Louis County Habitat for Humanity
North St Louis County Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry dedicated to building decent, affordable housing in partnership with those in need in the communities of North St. Louis County. Since1995, NSLC Habitat for Humanity has worked with 30 families to build homes. For more information, visit www.nslchfh.org.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s is a national partner with Habitat for Humanity International and is the underwriter of Habitat’s Women Build program, which actively engages women in construction to address the problem of substandard housing.

With Lowe’s support women are redefining home making by building homes that move families out of substandard housing. Women Build is a program of Habitat for Humanity International. Lowe’s, a Fortune 50 company with more than 58 years in the business of home improvement, is the Women Build underwriter. For more information about Habitat for Humanity International’s Women Build program, visit www.habitat.org/wb.