McKinney TX, (May 5, 2015) – North Collin County Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers were among more than 90 volunteers to join NCC Habitat last weekend to help build affordable housing in the McKinney and Princeton areas in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 2-10.
Volunteers worked to raise the trusses in McKinney and complete interior painting in Princeton. Both projects were for new construction homes and are for families headed by single women. Alice Arps will be buying the Princeton home and she is a working, Senior adult, while Veronica Castro who is buying the McKinney home is a single, working mother of 2 children.
Over 70 women volunteers gathered together to complete the planned construction work on these 2 homes. Trusses were raised on the McKinney home while the Princeton home received full interior paint. Helping to kick off the work day was County Commissioner Susan Fletcher and Sharon Geiger, KCBI- Christian Radio Station General Manager.
“We are honored to provide the opportunity for women to work alongside our homeowners to help build affordable housing and the first home for both of these amazing ladies. Woman power in North Collin County!” said Celeste H. Cox, Executive Director of NCC Habitat.
National Women Build Week is a weeklong event created by Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program that challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities. Across the nation, more than 15,000 women are expected to volunteer at Habitat construction sites this week to spotlight the homeownership challenges faced by women.
Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008 and each year provides the support of Lowe’s Heroes and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills.
“National Women Build Week has made a difference in the lives of thousands of families since its inception,” said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe’s director of community relations. “We’re grateful to all the women in North Collin County who got involved this week and were part of something bigger with Lowe’s and Habitat.”
Lowe’s donated nearly $2 million to this year’s National Women Build Week, including a $5,000 store gift card to NCC Habitat. National Women Build Week is one of the major initiatives supported through Lowe’s national partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Since 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat and helped more than 4,000 families improve their living conditions.
Habitat’s Women Build program recruits, educates and inspires women to build and advocate for simple, decent and affordable homes in their communities. Since the program was created in 1998, more than 2,300 homes have been built in partnership with low-income families using Women Build crews.
For more information on Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program and to learn about Women Build events in communities across the U.S. year-round, visit Habitat.org/wb or the Women Build tab on http://www.facebook.com/habitat.
About North Collin County Habitat for Humanity
North Collin County Habitat for Humanity (NCC Habitat) is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles. We are worldwide. We encourage positive relationships throughout the community by advocating for fair housing policies and by providing training to help families improve their shelter conditions.
NCC Habitat was incorporated in 1992. We enable families throughout northern Collin County (Anna, Blueridge, Celina, Farmersville, Frisco, McKinney, Melissa, Princeton, Prosper, Westminster, and Weston) to achieve the dream of home ownership and dignity. With the help of partnerships, NCC Habitat has built over 94 houses. We also have started a new program called “A Brush With Kindness” where we help low income families with exterior repairs including roof, siding, paint and general clean up. We’ve served 81 families through this program (mostly seniors). Internationally, NCC Habitat has built 34 homes in Mexico, Egypt, Asia Tsunami & Honduras. Habitat also operates a ReStore that is open to the public Tuesday – Saturday. We sell new and gently used building materials and furniture to the public.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a path out of poverty, since 1976 Habitat has helped more than 5 million people through home construction, rehabilitation and repairs and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and services. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org.
About Lowe’s in the Community
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 100 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.
Celeste H. Cox
North Collin County Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.