Habitat plans event to build awareness — and homes

Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County and Lowe’s Home Improvement in Grand Junction plan to join in an international effort to draw attention to the need for safe and affordable housing.

The International Women Build is set for March 7 with workshops as well as work at a construction site.

“We invite women of all skill levels to join us on the build site and take the workshops hosted by Lowe’s Grand Junction to learn valuable construction skills,” said Janet Brink, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County. “And, we look forward to another year working with Lowe’s and the opportunity to engage women in our work.”

The event is set to begin at 8 a.m. with registration and safety instruction followed by workshops from 9 to 11 a.m. and work on the construction site at the Hoffman Country Village subdivision at 3041 D Road. Participants will work on two homes under construction there.

Admission is $25 and includes an event t-shirt, hard hat, gloves, refreshments and lunch. To register or obtain more information, contact Marie Mitchell at  216-1277 or mmitchell@hfhmesa.org.

An initiative of Habitat for Humanity underwritten by Lowe’s, International Women Build unites up to 6,000 women volunteers across the United States, Canada and India to build and repair homes while raising awareness of issues of housing affordability for women and their families.

“One of the best feelings our staff has noted is being able to build something while helping each other build affordable housing for those in need,” said Michael Merritt, Lowe’s store manager. “Women will also see that construction isn’t just a career for the boys.”

Mitchell agreed. “International Women Build aims to bring this awareness about Habitat’s work while also giving women the opportunity to accomplish a construction project and develop a passion for home building and repairs — and potentially the construction field.”

Brink said build events prove fulfilling for volunteers, businesses and staff. “The families and individuals that Habitat partners with have their lives transformed due to the volunteers and donors, like Lowe’s, who participate in our builds.”

Since 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $71 million to support Habitat for Humanity and its efforts.

Since it was founded in 1990, the Mesa County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity has brought together people and resources to construct 79 houses. The houses are sold to those in need at no profit. For more information, visit www.HabitatMesa.org.