Lowe’s to Teach Building Skills to Local Women Volunteers in advance of Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week

Each year, Women Build brings together women to volunteer to build Habitat homes in Plainfield, such as Mel Davis (left) and Darice Toon (right). Credits: Jeremy Montgomery

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Women volunteering with Greater Plainfield Habitat for Humanity during the third annual National Women Build Week can get a head-start on learning key construction skills and tips.  Lowe’s in Union will host four more free “how-to” clinics for women in preparation of National Women Build Week, an initiative of Habitat’s Women Build program developed in partnership with Lowe’s.  Habitat’s Women Build program empowers women to get actively involved with Habitat’s mission to help families in need of safe, decent and affordable housing. 

“We are looking forward to National Women Build Week and the opportunity to engage more women in our work,” said Rev. Jeremy Montgomery, executive director of Greater Plainfield Habitat. “We invite women of all construction levels to join us on the build site and take the clinics hosted by Lowe’s in Union.”

The free clinics are open to women interested in volunteering at any local Women Build site during National Women Build Week.  Attendees will learn home construction basics and have the opportunity to practice new skills. Three clinics have already taken place, so the public is encouraged to not miss the upcoming scheduled All clinics will take place at Lowe’s of Union at 1721 Morris Avenue on the following dates:

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How to Install Insulation and Drywall                       Sat. April 12                10:00 A.M.

How to Finish Interior with Paint and Trim               Sat. April 19                10:00 A.M.

How to Install Exterior Siding                                   Sat. April 26                10:00 A.M.

To sign up for the clinics, volunteers should sign-up online at www.gphabitat.org/wb-clinics.  Advanced registration is highly suggested to ensure sufficient instructors and training materials.  Space for each training is limited, so please be sure to sign up as soon as possible

Lowe’s contributed more than $1.75 million to National Women Build Week and provided $5,000 Lowe’s gift cards to more than 300 participating affiliates.  National Women Build Week is one of the major initiatives supported through Lowe’s five-year, $20 million pledge to Habitat. In fiscal year 2013, about 2,100 Women Build events take place in the U.S.

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