Over 60 Women Volunteer at Habitat Women Build Week
Santa Rosa Beach, FL – May 13, 2016 – Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, FL participated in Women Build Week during May 2–6, 2016 with over 60 women who volunteered a collective 50+ hours to help build hope and opportunity for a hardworking and deserving Walton County family.
Habitat for Humanity’s annual Women Build Week is a national event that recruits, inspires, and empowers women to build and advocate for decent and affordable houses in their communities. Habitat Walton County last participated in 2010 and was able to take part again this year thanks to the efforts of long-time dedicated volunteers who spearheaded the project.
Women Build Week was sponsored by Sandestin Ladies Golf Association and Young’s Screenprinting and took place at Habitat’s 40th home build located in Santa Rosa Beach off N County Highway 393. Throughout the week women of all skill levels were led by female crew leaders to help oversee the construction on-site. Women muscled everything from landscaping, to installing kitchen cabinets, to putting up the mailbox.
Future homeowner of build 40, Angela Ebbert, who also worked with volunteers throughout the week was excited and humbled by the turnout and progress. Volunteers were impacted more from their efforts by having met and getting to know Angela.
“It was profoundly moving, not only to meet and work alongside the woman whose house we were at, but also to positively impact her family’s lives by making homeownership a reality for Angela.” said Jennifer Jones of Compass Builders of Florida.
Women Build Week provided a female bonding experience unlike any other. Through this event Habitat was able to boost its volunteers, help women gain confidence and skills, and serve a local family.
“Women have the capability and determination necessary to build Habitat for Humanity houses, and to address the problem of substandard housing in Walton County in a concrete way so that families have safe, decent, and affordable homes.” said Barb Landwehr, one of the Women Build lead volunteers who was instrumental in reigniting the event locally.
Habitat is celebrating its 20th year building homes in Walton County and invites the community to attend the 40th home dedication ceremony for the Ebbert family on Friday, June 24th at 9:00 a.m. Stay tuned to www.waltoncountyhabitat.org and the Habitat for Humanity Walton County Facebook page for more info and details to be announced soon.
Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Habitat’s shared vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. For more information about volunteering at upcoming builds or to get involved, contact Teresa Schultz at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (850) 660-1681.
About Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, Florida
Celebrating 20years of building houses and hope in Walton County, Habitat for Humanity of Walton is a non-profit Christian housing ministry dedicated to eradicating substandard housing by building simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with low and very-low income families in need, Habitat for Humanity is a catalyst for individual and community transformation. Visit our website: www.waltoncountyhabitat.org
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