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. 

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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.

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"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.  

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