Women throughout the country are facing homeownership challenges. Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week aims to put a spotlight on these challenges and reinforce the message that every woman can make a difference through learning and using construction skills.
Missoula community members joined in during National Women Build Week with HfH of Missoula to help restore two homes for two families of three, the Floyds and Ojalas. Five ATGers and two friends spent Saturday, May 12 taking down framing and putting up stucco and tar.
ATGer Kayleigh Blair enjoys volunteering for H4H.
“Habitat is an amazing organization helping local families have a safe and consistent place to live. I enjoy learning new skills and watching the house come together while donating my time and energy to the families’ ‘Sweat Equity’ hours.” Kayleigh Blair
Habitat requires each partner to be responsible for 500 hours of “Sweat Equity” (volunteer time). The family who will be living in the home must work 250. The additional 250 can be completed by friends, family, and volunteers.
“The families are usually so thankful for the additional help. 500 hours can be a lot of time to put in yourself with work and being a parent,” said Kayleigh.
National Women Build Week is held annually during the week leading up to Mother’s Day. More than 98,000 women from all 50 states have volunteered during the previous nine years the week has taken place.
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