Franklin Township: Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s team up for 10th annual 'National Women Build Week' (UPDATE)

db8e687469c9b4b4c145_Thomas_Family.jpg
The Thomas Family breaking ground David Polomski, Construction Manager, Jan Holmstrup, Executive Director, and Meg Helms, Board President. Credits: Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity
82eda0fed2a0a0777b1f_all_women_group.jpg
Credits: Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity
db8e687469c9b4b4c145_Thomas_Family.jpg

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Due to predicted weather issues this event has been re-scheduled to May, 20, and MaryAnn will not be able to make the new date. 

Original story:

Future township resident, and homeowner Tania-Sue Thomas will work alongside Lowe’s volunteers and all-female construction crews for Habitat for Humanity’s 10th annual National Women Build Week, Saturday, May 13.

Sign Up for E-News

"Women coming together for any cause is a movement in itself I am so very excited," Thomas said. "This will be the beginning moments of watching my home grow."

MaryAnn Morgan of the “Joel and Maryann in the Morning” show on Magic 98.3 will work with Thomas, and more than 17,000 women, including Lowe’s Heroes volunteers, are expected to volunteer at construction sites across the country as part of Habitat’s 2017 National Women Build Week. 

“Women Build empowers women to help families build strength, stability, and independence," Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, Executive Director, Jan Holmstrup said. "We at Raritan Valley Habitat, have the ability to provide opportunities for hands-on learning, and given these tools, this is just another way women can succeed in changing their communities."

In Franklin Township, volunteers will work to continue building on the foundation of the first of three homes Raritan Valley Habitat plans to build this year. The home will belong to Thomas, a single mother of four children and resource manager at an engineering firm. 

“This home is a dream come true," Thomas said. "I am so grateful for the hundreds of volunteers who will help me over the next nine months make my dream a reality."

Magic 98.3 is partnering with Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity through their “House Built with Magic” initiative as they follow and share the progress of the construction of the Thomas family home from the building of its foundation to its completion and home dedication celebration. 

Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008 to empower women to advocate for affordable housing and spotlight the homeownership challenges faced by many. Habitat’s first Women Build event was held in 1998. Since then, all-women construction crews have helped build more than 2,500 homes in partnership with families. 

"I am sure they had 100 things to do like food shopping, cleaning, running errands like most of us try to take care of on our weekends off," Thomas said. "However, they have chosen to come out and support Habitat for Humanity and my family in building the home of our dreams."

Lowe’s Heroes will be among more than 25 volunteers joining to help build decent, affordable housing in Franklin Township as part of National Women Build Week. 

“Through our partnership with Habitat and support of National Women Build Week, Lowe’s empowers women to get involved in their communities, learn construction skills and make a meaningful impact,” James Frison, Lowe’s director of community relations said. “We’re grateful to all the women in Somerset who will volunteer this week to help build and repair decent and affordable housing.” 

Since 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat’s mission and helped more than 6,500 families improve their living conditions. 

"I can't wait to meet everyone and thank them," Thomas said. "I am ready to get started and with the weather finally giving us some sunshine I am looking forward to this special day."

About Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity

Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope in Hunterdon and Somerset counties. Together, with the community, they build strength, stability, self-reliance, and shelter. The vision of the organization is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.  

TAPinto Franklin Township is Franklin Township’s only free daily paper. 

 Sign Up for E-News to get top stories delivered daily to your inbox. 

Download the FREE TAPinto App!  Click here for Android - Click here for iOS to get news as it is happening.

Give us your feedback at mlyons@tapinto.net.

Don't forget to "Like" our FaceBook Page!  and follow us on Twitter.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Franklin Township

New Jersey Heroes Honored for Saving Lives

June 18, 2018

Thirty-eight individuals and organizations in New Jersey were recently honored at the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association 2018 New Jersey American Heartsavers and Stroke Heroes Awards for their life-saving efforts. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s American Heartsavers and Stroke Heroes Awards is held annually to commend individuals, ...

Bridgewater Police: Avoid Mall for Ongoing Police Investigation

June 14, 2018

UPDATE: According to a Nixle alert from the Bridgewater Township Police Department at 9 p.m., the investigation at the mall has been completed, and the mall will be resuming normal business operations.

Police emphasized that there is no immediate threat to the public and no injuries were reported.

Keep checking back for more information.

Related article: Bridgewater Mall Shut Down ...

Students Lead ‘Die-In’ at Congressman Lance’s Westfield Office; Summit Boy Arrested

WESTFIELD, NJ — Seventeen-year-old Summit High School student Ben Schachter was taken away in handcuffs Tuesday during a gun safety “die-in” protest led by local high school students at Congressman Leonard Lance's Westfield office. Lance was not present at the office at the time.

Read: Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Talks Gun Violence, School Safety, ...

Dozens of Highland Park Residents Rally Against Recent ICE Detainment of Neighbor, Father of 4

Dozens of community members rallied in front of The Reformed Church of Highland Park on Friday afternoon to voice their opposition towards the recent detainment of local resident Cloyd Edralin by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The rally was planned just four days after Edralin, 47, a green card holder from the Philippines and father to four children who are U.S. citizens, was ...

Hillsborough teacher charged with ‘sexual conduct’ with student

NEW BRUNSWICK - A Plainsboro man and tenured English teacher at Hillsboro High School was being held in the Middlesex County jail today on charges of having improper contact with a 17-year-old student that occurred over a period of five months, authorities said today.

Kenneth Shindle, 27, is charged with one count of engaging in sexual conduct that would impair or debauch the morals of the ...

Bridgewater Police: Avoid Mall for Ongoing Police Investigation

June 14, 2018

UPDATE: According to a Nixle alert from the Bridgewater Township Police Department at 9 p.m., the investigation at the mall has been completed, and the mall will be resuming normal business operations.

Police emphasized that there is no immediate threat to the public and no injuries were reported.

Keep checking back for more information.

Related article: Bridgewater Mall Shut Down ...

Students Lead ‘Die-In’ at Congressman Lance’s Westfield Office; Summit Boy Arrested

WESTFIELD, NJ — Seventeen-year-old Summit High School student Ben Schachter was taken away in handcuffs Tuesday during a gun safety “die-in” protest led by local high school students at Congressman Leonard Lance's Westfield office. Lance was not present at the office at the time.

Read: Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Talks Gun Violence, School Safety, ...

Dozens of Highland Park Residents Rally Against Recent ICE Detainment of Neighbor, Father of 4

Dozens of community members rallied in front of The Reformed Church of Highland Park on Friday afternoon to voice their opposition towards the recent detainment of local resident Cloyd Edralin by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The rally was planned just four days after Edralin, 47, a green card holder from the Philippines and father to four children who are U.S. citizens, was ...

Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity Opening ReStore in Manville

June 19, 2018

MANVILLE, NJ - Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity is opening a Habitat ReStore in the Marketplace at Manville, next to Walmart on North Main Street in Manville, this fall.

At the store, RVHFH will pick up gently used furniture and goods from Somerset and Hunterdon county residents, and give them a second life at the store's grand opening.

To schedule a time for RVHFH to pick ...

Summer Camp Programs for Children and Teens Announced By Environmental Education Center

BERNARDS TWP., NJ – Each summer, the Environmental Education Center (EEC) in Basking Ridge holds programs that let children and teens explore nature for summer activities that both entertaining and an opportunity to learn about the environment.

The programs are organized and led by the EEC's staff of naturalists.

The EEC is a Somerset County facility located at 190 Lord ...

Somerset County Employees' Health Center Opens in Somerville

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders and officials from Integrity Health gathered for a June 12 ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new health care facility on East Main Street.

The Somerset County Partnership Health Center (SCPHC) will serve as an on-site health, wellness and care coordination center for employees of Somerset County, the county park commission, the ...

Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity Opening ReStore in Manville

June 19, 2018

MANVILLE, NJ - Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity is opening a Habitat ReStore in the Marketplace at Manville, next to Walmart on North Main Street in Manville, this fall.

At the store, RVHFH will pick up gently used furniture and goods from Somerset and Hunterdon county residents, and give them a second life at the store's grand opening.

To schedule a time for RVHFH to pick ...

Summer Camp Programs for Children and Teens Announced By Environmental Education Center

BERNARDS TWP., NJ – Each summer, the Environmental Education Center (EEC) in Basking Ridge holds programs that let children and teens explore nature for summer activities that both entertaining and an opportunity to learn about the environment.

The programs are organized and led by the EEC's staff of naturalists.

The EEC is a Somerset County facility located at 190 Lord ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 16

Summer is in the air, and the latest episode of AtlantiCast is ready to help you enjoy some fun outdoors while staying safe! This week’s episode opens with tips for sunscreen usage from Atlantic Health System’s Chief Medical and Academic Officer, Dr. Jan Schwarz-Miller. You’ll also learn about how Atlantic Health System is advancing the future of health care through ...