“They are able to learn more things but it’s a fun event that they can come out and work together as a team in our community and really increase the camaraderie of women in Bartow County,” said Robin Hooker, president of the local Habitat for Humanity. “It kind of brings us all together in one group to achieve a common goal of making a difference in our community.”
Starting at 8:30 a.m., the Women Build will focus its efforts on painting the exteriors of a pair of Habitat three-bedroom homes at 22 and 24 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The Cartersville residences — one funded by Anheuser-Busch and the other by a Community Development Block Grant — are expected to be complete by the end of May.
Lending a helping hand, Lowe’s employees will share their expertise with Habitat volunteers during the workday. While the event is geared toward women, who each will receive a gift for participating, men also are welcome.
Assisted by a $5,000 Lowe’s Women Build Grant, the local offering is part of the National Women Build Week May 4 to 12.
According to www.habitat.org, “Now in its sixth year, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities. ... National Women Build Week is a nationwide initiative of Habitat’s Women Build program developed in partnership with Lowe’s. Lowe’s donated $1.75 million to support this year’s National Women Build Week and will provide $5,000 gift cards to 300 participating Habitat affiliates.”
Since forming in 1984, Bartow Area Habitat for Humanity has constructed about 44 residences.
An average of 150 people apply each year, with 10 percent of their applications being further reviewed. To be approved, applicants need to satisfy various requirements, such as meeting income guidelines, living or working in Bartow County for at least one year, contributing at least 450 hours in their home’s construction and being able to pay for their residence. Valued about $140,000, the nonprofit’s homes are sold for about $80,000. House payments issued by Habitat range from $400 to $450 a month, which includes taxes and insurance.
For more information about Habitat or the Women Build, contact Hooker at 770-382-6293 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.