Participants sought for Lowe's Women Build
by Marie Nesmith
May 08, 2012 | 1548 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For Kathy Stringer -- administrative assistant for Bartow Area Habitat for Humanity -- raising a structure's walls is a thrilling experience at each construction project. One of the first steps into turning lumber into a home, this rewarding action will be among the tasks completed during the Lowe's Women Build on Saturday.

"[During the Lowe's Women Build] they enjoy the fellowship for one thing and meeting the homeowners and being able to give back of themselves," Stringer said, referring to the female participants. "And also they learn how to handle the tools. We've had some of them to express, 'Oh, I can do this when I get home' or 'I'm learning how to do this and it will come in handy later.' I think they're just excited that they're learning something new and learning how to fix their own home because they never knew how to do some of the things that they're doing on that Habitat build. ... This [Women Build], it's going to be from the start so it will be in the wall-raising [stage].

"So that's always exciting. It's a form of unity because everyone has to raise it at the same time and [the Lowe's employees] show them how to raise the walls. It's just awesome to see that wall go up. Then we go to the next wall and they raise it and we go to the next wall. But to me, it's just a form of unity. It's just awesome for everyone to do this together and to know that they're putting this house together for a needy family."

Starting at 8:30 a.m., the Lowe's Women Build will help launch the residential construction at the nonprofit's first build of the year, 145 Douglas St. in Cartersville.

Saturday's offering in Cartersville is part of the National Women Build Week, which spans May 5 to 13.

According to www.habitat.org, "In addition to sponsoring special events like National Women Build Week, Lowe's underwrites the overall Women Build program. By 2013, Lowe's will have contributed nearly $40 million to Habitat for Humanity.

"Employees at Lowe's stores also conduct how-to clinics for our women volunteers. These clinics teach new construction skills that our volunteers can use to help us eliminate poverty housing."

Since forming in 1984, Bartow Area Habitat for Humanity has constructed about 40 residences. While an average of 150 people apply each year, only about 10 percent of the applications are further evaluated.

Valued about $110,000, the nonprofit's homes are sold for about $75,000. House payments issued by Habitat range from $400 to $425 a month, which includes taxes and insurance.

For more information about Habitat or to sign up for the Women Build, contact Robin Hooker at 770-382-6293 or email director@bartowhabitat.org.