RGV Habitat for Humanity is putting out a call to women to join in their “Women Build” event. In other words, it’s time to build some houses and it’s the Women Power of the Valley that is needed to step up to the plate.
Developed through the partnership between Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to the effort to eliminate poverty housing. The event is an initiative of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, underwritten by Lowe’s, which brings women from all walks of life together to learn construction skills and then use those skills to build simple, decent affordable houses. Since 1998, “Women Build” have built 1400 houses across the nation.
Though the national event runs from May 1 through May 9, the RGV Habitat will use Monday through Saturday - May 3 through 8 - as their official dates.
“The women will do everything from framing, sheet rocking, roofing, shingles- virtually everything,” said Myra Martinez, Executive Director, RGV Habitat. “Lowe’s is also offering a clinic on the 24th for the ladies who want basic training to feel more comfortable getting knowledge ahead of time.”
RGV Habitat is looking for individual women and companies, churches, sororities, etc. who will bring a team of women to go build for a day. It’s necessary to sign up ahead time in order to fill out the necessary paperwork allowing the women on site. There are certain rules - do’s and don’ts - to followed. For example, no open toed shoes or sandals, no jewelry. When registering, the lists will be dispersed.
“So far we have Friday and Saturday booked,” said Myra. “Friday is GMAR (Greater McAllen Area Realtors) day. We’ll dedicate a family’s home which is already finished and we’re ready to turn over their keys. It’s a way for the volunteers to see what the end result of their work will be.”
Two shifts are available - 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Lunch will be served to the volunteers.
One of the great side benefits is that the role of the men volunteers that week is to serve the ladies.
“They’ll be our water boys, our lunch servers, tending the first aid tent and our support team,” said Myra, with a wide grin.
“It’s our first Women Build and we’re excited,” she said. “We can’t wait. This will be a lot of fun. It’s been very successful as a fund raising tool for our affiliates in the north and I believe, in the coming years, we will be able to really get it going.”
For more information, call 686-7455.