This years’ Morris Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Week will be Tuesday, May 3rd through Friday, May 6th and it is open to the public. Groups of women will be formed to work at the Harding Avenue, Dover build site. In the morning there will be a workshop to teach needed skills and then they will work at the site for the remainder of the day.
Women Build aims to be the model program for engaging volunteers and partners to address challenges faced by women and children — lack of opportunity, training and education are three examples — close to home and around the world. In the United States, Women Build promotes the involvement of women in the construction of Habitat houses. About 450 Women Build projects a year provide an opportunity for 40,000 women to learn construction skills in a supportive environment, empowering them as they address the problem of substandard housing. Additionally, Women Build brings together women from all walks of life to advocate for affordable housing and safer, stronger communities. Globally, the Women Build program equips female heads of household with business skills, helping to stabilize their finances and ensuring they have decent, safe places to live.
Last year the response to this special day, the first time Morris Habitat has participated in Habitat International's National Women Build, was overwhelming where work was done at the Hazel Street, Morristown build site. Not only were all the slots available filled, in fact, there were 15 women who were placed on a waiting list. Amazingly, except for the "Habitat Faithful" volunteers that come out on a regular basis to help at the Morris Habitat build sites, all of the women were first time volunteers at a Habitat construction site. It was a very spirited and lively group and Morris Habitat hopes to see many of them back volunteering again this year.
When asked how she felt about this “Women Build”, Stephanie Buonarota, Director of Volunteer Services, said "Fantastic! These women showed you don't have to have brawn and muscle to build. They all came together...different ages...different walks of life...all united in one goal, to build a home for a family in need. This year we’re even more excited and look forward to a wonderful week."
For more information about the Women’s Build contact Stephanie.Buonarota@morrishabitat.org. To learn more about Morris Habitat and how you can help, please go to www.MorrisHabitat.org or call 973-891-1934.
About Morris Habitat for Humanity:
Morris Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles by building homes, communities and hope. Morris Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; advocating for fair and just housing policies; and providing training and access to resources to help families improve their living conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. Morris Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.
Since 1985 Morris Habitat has served 400 households though home ownership opportunities, home preservation, and international home building programs. Of these 62 home were home repair projects and 74 new homes were built as well. Morris Habitat has set a goal of 12 housing starts for 2016, completing 9 homes during the year. In addition, proceeds from the ReStore, opened May 2007, have funded 18 homes and diverted almost 5,100 tons of useable material out of landfills. Located at 274 South Salem Street, Randolph. Store hours: Tues & Thur 10 - 8 p.m., Wed, Fri & Sat 10 - 6 p.m.