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Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s NATIONAL WOMEN BUILD WEEK 2018

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s call on women across Buncombe County to get involved in their community during National Women Build Week 2018

More than 18,000 women construction volunteers unite nationwide to build up their communities with Habitat homeowners

[Asheville, NC] (April 27, 2018) – For the 11th year, Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s are engaging women nationwide to work together to build Habitat homes during this year’s National Women Build Week from May 5-13, 2018. On Friday, May 11th Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s will host a special volunteer work day where volunteers will work alongside future homeowner Ashley Blankenship on Women Build House #13 and then celebrate together. At 12noon, they’ll share a potluck lunch and there will be a short speaking program, which will include remarks from renowned cookbook author and homesteader Ashley English of Small Measure. Ashley’s messages relating to the power of home, sustainable living, and self-reliance, echo the work of Habitat and the belief that home is the key to building strength, stability and self-reliance. The media is invited to attend.

“We’re excited to partner with Lowe’s to educate, inspire and empower women to advocate and volunteer to help families build or improve an affordable place to call home,” said Zoe Trout, Sponsorship and Stewardship Coordinator of Asheville Habitat. “We want to engage women of all skill levels to join their friends, families and neighbors to build up their communities, and gain invaluable skills to use in their everyday life too.”

“Lowe’s is in the business of helping people improve and maintain their homes,” said James Frison, Lowe’s Director of Community Relations. “Lowe’s Heroes have helped build hundreds of Habitat homes across the country and National Women Build Week is another chance for Lowe’s to reinforce our long-standing commitment to Habitat, Women Build and communities where our employees and customers live and work.”

National Women Build Week, a nationwide initiative created by Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s in 2008, has brought together more than 117,000 all-women construction volunteers to build or repair homes with nearly 5,000 families over the past 10 years. This year, Lowe’s donated nearly $2 million to Habitat for Humanity to support 2018 National Women Build Week, which is set to take place in 300 communities nationwide.

Habitat and Lowe’s encourage all women to volunteer—no construction skills or past experience with Habitat is necessary. For those who want to learn tasks that may be used on a Habitat construction site – or in your own home – Lowe’s annually hosts Women Build How-To clinics. This year, Lowe’s (Tunnel Rd.) hosted a free clinic on April 28th to teach interior/exterior painting. To learn more about National Women Build Week, visit Habitat.org/wb.

Since Lowe’s national partnership with Habitat for Humanity began in 2003, the home improvement company has committed more than $63 million to Habitat and helped nearly 6,500 families improve their living conditions.

About Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity

Founded in 1983, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity was the first Habitat affiliate in North Carolina. Through Habitat homeownership and home repair programs, nearly 1,400 adults and children in Buncombe County have achieved the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future. A decent place to call home and an affordable mortgage enables Habitat homeowners to save more, invest in education, pursue opportunities and have greater financial stability. Learn more about Asheville Area Habitat, a Charity Navigator 4-star non-profit, and how you can get involved at ashevillehabitat.org.

About Lowe’s in the Community

Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 60-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. In the past decade, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Gives Foundation together have contributed more than $300 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. For the latest news, visit Newsroom.Lowes.com or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.

 

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