This is Part 6 of the Women Build 2011 Project, a joint venture between Habitat for Humanity of West Virginia and Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity, and is the first Habitat home in Greenbrier County being built by all women.
With only six weeks to go, there is still a lot of work to do before the house dedication on May 7th. Last week, March 21, college students from Ohio State University and Eastern Connecticut University traded swimsuits for hammers, the beach for construction sites, hotel rooms for a bunk room during their spring break vacations. They gave up a week of relaxation to help families in need to build simple, decent homes during Habitat for Humanity's "Collegiate Challenge."
I volunteered on Saturday, March 26, with three other women volunteers: Lora Pierce, Jocelyn Hanna, and Monica Foos. Our supervisor for the day was Neil Rhoades. We did a lot of hammering on Saturday....working on soffits, wrapping a corner porch post and porch beams. A few of us hit our fingers ... those darn nails were very HARD to hammer into the boards! Lunch was provided by the Clifton Presbyterian Women's Group and made by "Taste of Heaven", located in Frankford, WV.
On Tuesday, March 29, employees from the Greenbrier Hotel volunteered at the site, as well as Robert Mickey, Director of Housekeeping and Transportation. Since this is a women build project.....Robert dressed in a housekeeping dress and joined the group. What can you say he wanted to help and well, he was kind of dressed like a woman....what say you?
Lunch on Tuesday was provided by the Colette Godfrey family serving fried chicken with all the trimmings.
Below slide show are volunteers working on Saturday, March 26 and on Tuesday, March 29th.
Many community businesses and organizations have pledged their support in the form of cash and in-kind contributions to the 2011 Women Build Project. This past fall Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity kicked off a $100,000 fund raising campaign to support the Women Build Project in White Sulphur Springs. We need to raise $25,000 to meet our fund raising goal. It is hoped that the Slam Dunk Exhibition Game on April 1, will help get us closer to the goal.
Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has served Eastern West Virginia for over 20 years providing safe, decent, affordable homes to hundreds of families. To date, the organization has built and sold 110 new homes and performed repairs on over 350 additional homes, all in partnership with low-income families in need, making their dream of home ownership a reality. Habitat for Humanity partners with volunteers and low-income Partner Families to build or renovate houses that are then sold to the partner families at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage.
For more information about the Women Build Project, call 304-647-3342.
If you want to pay it forward.....please volunteer!
Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome.
Women Build Project hours on site are
9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Saturday
Previous posts on Habitat for Humanity's Women Build:
Part 1, Paying It Forward - A Family in Need of a Home and Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Makes a Dream Come True!
Women of West Virginia Takin’ It to the Hoop to Support Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity in Greenbrier County