May 20, 2015: Women join Habitat work sites for National Women Build Week.
Over 300 Pittsburgh-area women spent time working on Habitat build sites for Habitat's National Women Build Week this year. Because of a generous grant from Lowe's, HFHGP engaged this large number of women at the current build sites in Brentwood and Penn Hills. Sixty percent of these volunteers were first time volunteers, and we are excited about the possibility of these volunteers returning to our build sites.
The purpose of Women Build is to give construction opportunities to women, an opportunity that many women have never had. Women on the Habitat build sites operated power saws, put up drywall, painted, fixed concrete, sanded, or completed landscape work. Women who came to the sites for Women Build were often able to meet the partner families for the houses, working side by side with them throughout the week.
Special guest, Sally Wiggin, a host on WTAE Chronicle, rolled up her sleeves for Habitat work on May 9th, along with a cohort of Lowe's employees. We are grateful for the tremendous amount of work that every woman helped us accomplish and the financial support provided by Lowe's, as well as local sponsors: ADP, Giant Eagle Women's Business Resource Group, People's Natural Gas, Christ United Methodist Church, Thrivent Financial, Chase Bank, and the National Association for Women in Construction.