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Meet Some of Habitat NOVA’s Women Build Participants

Women Build Week was a big success for Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia. We had more than 50 local women from all over Northern Virginia come to the build site in the Groveton Heights Neighborhood of Fairfax County to help us with caulking, building walls and installing the last of the drywall.  With the help of our Women Build participants, we raised more than $10,000 to support Habitat NOVA’s efforts to provide local, lower-income families with a “hand up” to affordable home ownership.  Here is a little bit about some of our talented participants!

Emily

EmilyQ: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: I am an Office Engineer with Clark Construction, working in our Estimating Department. I’ve recently joined YCF, Young Constructor’s Forum, and am part of the Community Service Committee. Right now we are working on fundraising to prep for some events at the end of the year. I’ve also been volunteering with Girls on the Run and hope to become more involved with this organization too.

Q: What made you sign up for Women Build?
A: I’ve been on the Habitat email list for a long time now, but due to my job responsibilities, can never make it to one of the build days during the week. When I saw that this had a weekend opportunity, and on top of that, it was specifically a Women Build Week, I was sold!

Q: What did you enjoy most about Women Build Week?
A: I work in the managerial side of construction, but do not often have the chance to go out and work with my hands, which is actually my favorite part. Having the opportunity to do actual field work was amazing, but then knowing who it was going to benefit and being fortunate to work alongside the future home owners, made for a purposeful and compelling experience.

 

Maureen

Maureen

(Top row, left)

Q: Tell us a little about yourself
A: I work at the U.S. Marshals Service as a program analyst.  I volunteer at my church and various projects through Volunteer Fairfax. 

Q: What made you sign up for Women Build?
A: I’ve participated on about a half dozen Habitat projects over the years and signed up for my first Women Build two years ago.  I wasn’t able to participate last year so I’m really glad to be back this year. It was a lot of fun. The building professionals and other volunteers always have a great attitude and helpful spirit. 

Q: What do you feel you got out of this experience with Habitat NOVA?
A: I really like working with the gentlemen who had a lot of building experience and showed is how to cut and install drywall. They were very patient and kind. I worked in this house when it was just a foundation and to see it almost built is really wonderful!  I enjoyed working alongside the new home owners too. 

 

Nicole

NicoleQ: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: I am a junior program analyst working under the Telecommunications Integration & Science Division at ECS Federal.

Q: What made you sign up for Women Build?
A: I have been wanting to do some volunteer work and I love building projects!

Q:What do you feel you got out of this experience with Habitat NOVA?
A: I feel that volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in NOVA makes you feel really good as a human being. Humanity is supposed to help one another and I love that I could do a small part for these families. I hope to be able to help more in the near future because it is a great experience and you meet super awesome people in the process!

 

Sami

Sami

Q: Tell us a little about yourself
A: I am an Engineer at Clark Construction currently working in the estimating department. I recently moved to NOVA and am loving the DC area. I have been volunteering with Habitat in various capacities for 9 years, including 5 trips and a summer as an intern at my local (Cabarrus County, NC) affiliate. Because of my construction background, most of the volunteering I do is with Habitat but I have also participated in Junior Achievement programs and Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. Outside of building I love watching sports and exploring local breweries! 

Q: What made you sign up for Women Build?
A: I take great pride in being a woman in a male dominated field and I love that Habitat has a week specifically to encourage women to get out into the construction arena. Being new to the area I figured this would be a great way to get to know the NOVA Habitat Affiliate.

Q: What did you enjoy most about Women Build Week?
A: Seeing women empowered to learn new skills was my favorite part of Women Build Week. By the end of the day, everyone had learned something new. The vibe was great and everyone had a good attitude which made for a very fun build.

 

“Shepi”

Shepi

“Shepi” (center) takes a break with fellow volunteer Mai (left) and Habitat NOVA Construction and Program manager Kelly (right).Q: Tell us a little about yourself.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: I manage the investments of the Inter-American Development Bank’s retirement plans, and love to volunteer with Habitat. My husband and I also volunteer at Restore (in Alexandria). I find that serving with Habitat brings so much more to me than I give, through friendships, faith and joy in serving God, and fun.

Q: What made you sign up for Women Build?
A: It’s an opportunity to work with other women on a local Habitat project, and to honor Rosalyn Carter, who helped initiate the Women Build program.

Q: What do you feel you got out of this experience with Habitat NOVA?
A: I really enjoyed the day – the 20+ women who spent a day off from work learning to caulk, lay drywall, hang shingles, and carry supplies – and being taught by a mostly-women led group of staff and “sandlot” volunteers retired from a variety of professions.

 

Zoe

ZoeQ: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: I am a Project Manager on an ECS contract with the Navy.

Q: What made you sign up for Women Build?
A: This is my first volunteer event with Habitat for Humanity and I am very excited! I’ve been looking for opportunities to give back to the local community and when this opportunity came up through my company, I was happy to volunteer.

 

Mai

Mai

Mai (left) and Natalie show off their use of power tools to get their task done.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: I work in IT as a government defense contractor. I volunteer regularly (twice a month) with Doorways for Women and Families, based in Arlington County. I also try to volunteer with other organizations as needed when opportunities arise. (For example, Potomac River cleanup, etc.) I have three rescue dogs and love traveling, knitting, and reading in my free time.

Q: What made you sign up for Women Build?
A: I’ve been wanting to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity for a while but it was tough to find a good day since it requires taking off from work. I love the idea of building a home for someone who might not otherwise be able to afford it. I’m happy to volunteer my time to better the community

Q: What do you hope to get out of this experience?
A: I hope to meet some new people and build some new skills related to construction and home improvement.

 

Sandra

(Top row, second from left)

Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: I am a registrar for training. I love wood carving, home improvement projects and being outdoors.

Q: What made you sign up for Women Build?
A: I signed up because I like to help people and I would like to learn how to do build things.

Q: What do you feel you got out of this experience with Habitat NOVA?
A: This was my first time participating with Habitat for Humanity, and I learned so much.  It was so much fun working with everyone and I had a really great time.  It was a very rewarding experience and I will definitely do this again.  Thank you so much!

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