Habitat NOVA’s construction and program manager, Kelly, talked to the Washington Post about the importance of volunteers during National Women Build Week and all year long. Click here to learn more about Kelly, and how volunteers in Northern Virginia are participating in National Women Build Week.
April 30 – May 8 marks the 9th annual Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week. National Women Build Week is a nationwide initiative of Habitat’s Women Build program developed in partnership with Lowe’s. Women Build is about empowering women and providing them opportunities to learn and use construction skills while inspiring them to advocate for decent and affordable homeownership in their communities.
More than 17,000 women across the U.S. will volunteer at construction sites in 300 communities to build and repair 650 homes. Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA) will have three build days: Wednesday, May 4; Friday, May 6 (sold out); and Saturday, May 7. There are slots for a total of 60 participants to work on our two new homes in Alexandria and help us raise $15,000 to support our efforts to provide local, lower-income families with a “hand up” to affordable homeownership.
We are anticipating a great group of women on site. If you would like to participate, reserve your spot now with a $250 donation. (Men are welcome too!) All participants must be 16 and older. If you are interested in sponsoring or serving lunch for the participants, contact Shiree Skinner, Director of Resource Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia and Lowe’s volunteers help families build strength and stability in celebration of Habitat’s National Women Build Week.
Build to take place on May 4, 6 and 7 in Alexandria.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 28, 2016 — More than 50 volunteers from Northern Virginia will join thousands of women nationwide to help local families build or repair a decent and affordable place they can call home. They will be joined by Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers to work on two houses Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia is building for two local families in Alexandria.
The three build days in Alexandria will be Wednesday May 4, Friday May 6 and Saturday May 7. They are part of Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week, which takes place April 30-May 8. The project also supports “Home for the Holidays,” a nationwide initiative launched by Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity to work alongside 1,000 families to help them build or repair their homes by December.
Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week is a weeklong, nationwide event created by its Women Build program that invites women to devote at least one day to help families build strength, stability and independence through housing. Women Build is about empowering women and providing them opportunities to learn and use construction skills while inspiring them to advocate for decent and affordable homeownership in their communities. The week is meant to spotlight the homeownership challenges faced by women. Lowe’s donated $2 million to Habitat’s 2016 National Women Build Week and will provide the support of Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers. The home improvement chain will also conduct how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills.
WHAT: Habitat NOVA and Lowe’s Heroes are celebrating National Women Build Week by engaging women from across Northern Virginia to volunteer their time to work on the construction of two new houses in Alexandria. The homes will be constructed to EarthCraft Gold standards and will be Habitat NOVA’s first homes to feature solar panels. EarthCraft is a green building certification program which measures the energy efficiency of the home.
PHOTO OPP: Women volunteers from across Northern Virginia will work side-by-side with the homeowners who are required to put in “sweat equity” to help build their homes. The volunteers include women who work at large and small businesses in Northern Virginia, retirees and other members of the community.
WHEN: Wednesday May 4, Friday May 6, Saturday May 7 from 8:15 to 3:30
WHERE: 3407 and 3409 Clayborne Avenue, Alexandria in the Groveton Heights neighborhood of Fairfax County.
WHO: Habitat of Northern Virginia’s construction team – led by a leadership team of women –will work with the new homeowners, veteran “Sandlot Crew” volunteers, and Women Build volunteers on the two new homes.
More than 300 Habitat for Humanity organizations across the country are hosting Women Build projects this year.
About Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s (Habitat NOVA) unique model of affordable housing focuses on homeownership. Habitat NOVA homeowners secure a no-interest mortgage, while the non-profit secures corporate sponsorship, in-kind donations and volunteer labor to make the home affordable. Habitat NOVA was founded in 1990, and to date has built or rehabilitated 92 homes and repaired the exteriors of 29 homes, benefiting more than 400 people. As a local, self-sustaining affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat NOVA serves the counties of Fairfax and Arlington and the cities of Falls Church, Fairfax and Alexandria. Learn more at www.habitatnova.org.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity has grown from a grassroots effort that began on a community farm in southern Georgia in 1976 to a global nonprofit housing organization in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries. People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.
About Lowe’s in the Community
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $225 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.
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At Habitat NOVA, Earth Day is year round as we continue building homes that include earth-friendly, energy saving features.
Our latest innovation? Recycled denim blue jeans that are providing insulation for two new Habitat homes in Northern Virginia.
Recycled denim from blue jeans will help keep these homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer in the form of denim insulation generously donated to Habitat NOVA from Cotton, Inc. The insulation is being used in the two homes currently under construction on Clayborne Avenue in Fairfax County.
Cotton, Inc.’s Blue Jean Go Green program collects donated denim and upcycles it into UltraTouchTM Denim Insulation made from 80% post-consumer recycled denim. UltraTouch is made from high-quality natural fibers that are extremely effective in sound absorption and thermal performance. Not only is the insulation environmentally friendly, but it is just as effective as traditional fiberglass insulation and much easier to install with no fiberglass itch.
The two homes on Clayborne Avenue will be constructed to EarthCraft Gold standards. EarthCraft is a green building certification program which measures the energy efficiency of the home. EarthCraft guidelines address elements such as water conservation, energy-efficient appliances, air quality, etc. The energy efficiency of the homes will lower the homeowner’s energy costs, helping to maintain the affordability and provide the residents with a healthy living environment.
The homes will also include solar panels. Solar panels are another way to reduce utility bills and create a healthy environment for the families and the community.
Want an easy way to support environmentally friendly building? Donate your denim! Click here for your local drop-off location.