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Habitat women pick up hammers to add new skills in home build

Friday, March 19, 2010

As part of Habitat for Humanity's Women Build program, the Habitat for Humanity Monett/Purdy Affiliate and a crew of women volunteers will pick up hammers to raise the walls for a new house on the Women Build Day scheduled to begin on May 1.

Habitat for Humanity International's Women Build project is coming to Monett to build a home in partnership with a local Monett family.

To help volunteers get a jump-start on building skills, Lowe's, underwriter of the Women Build program, is hosting "How To" clinics on April 3, April 10 and April 24 at the Monett store.

The Women Build program brings women from all walks of life together to learn construction skills and then use the skills to be part of the solution to poverty housing.

This May local women volunteers will add to the more than 1,500 Habitat for Humanity houses built by women throughout the United States and in dozens of other countries.

The Habitat for Humanity Monett/Purdy Affiliate received a $5,000 grant from Lowe's for the upcoming Women Build.

Women Build "How-To" clinics are open to members of the public who are interested in volunteering for any local Women Build. There is no cost to enroll, and supplies are provided by Lowe's. Each of the three clinics, led by Lowe's store employees, will teach home construction basics and offer opportunities to practice new skills.

Women will also learn tool safety tips to help them build the confidence they will need on the construction site.

The free clinics will take place at Lowe's in Monett on the following dates:

* April 3 - 9 to 11 a.m. - How to Safely Use Hand and Power Tools and Frame for Walls and Roofs.

* April 10 - 9 to 11 a.m. - How to Install Exterior Siding and Install Roofing Shingles.

* April 24 - 9 to 11 a.m. - How to Install Insulation and Drywall and Finish Interior with Paint and Trim.

Each clinic is limited to 25 participants. Registered volunteers should wear comfortable clothing. All supplies will be provided on site.

Those interested in attending one or more of the clinics contact Karen Nevin at 235-4301 or Jane Overeem at 235-7710.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity International's Women Build program, visit www. Habitat.org/wb. For more information about Lowe's partnership with Habitat for Humanity and Women Build, visit www.Lowes.com/Habitat.

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