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Schenectady County Habitat for Humanity kicks off National Women Build Week
SCHENECTADY -- In the days leading up to Mother's Day, hundreds of volunteers will pound nails and raise walls at Habitat for Humanity construction sites in all 50 states in recognition of National Women Build Week.
Congressman Paul Tonko, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy attended the Schenectady County Habitat for Humanity kick-off event on Saturday at the first Women Build home for 2013 - located at 918 Michigan Avenue, in the City of Schenectady.
"We have filled up all of the volunteer spots for both the morning and afternoon shifts and are looking forward to a fun and productive day," said Schenectady County Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Coordinator Karen McLane.
An initiative of Habitat for Humanity's Women Build program, the sixth annual National Women Build Week, sponsored by Lowe's, challenges women to devote at least one day to the effort of creating affordable housing.
"I greatly appreciate the opportunity of being chosen as a Partner Family homeowner for the Women Build Habitat home in Schenectady," said Heather Walker. "No one knows the joy this brings my heart, especially offering a "forever home" to my son where he will not have to be uprooted again."
Since 2004, Women Build has constructed five houses for hard-working families in Schenectady County. In addition, Women Build has helped numerous families in Rotterdam Junction rebuild after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011.
Lowe's will contribute a $5,000 store gift card to Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County and has provided in-store volunteer training, in support of this one-day build.
"It's so exciting for us to focus on women this week," said Jeffrey Clark, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County. "Our women volunteers are very passionate about this effort, and they've volunteered a lot of hours already, learning the skills necessary to help eliminate poverty housing in Schenectady County."