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Lowe's to teach building skills to local women volunteers in advance of Habitat for Humanity's National Women Build Week


By: Habitat for Humanity Nevada County

Grass Valley May 3, 2013 - Women volunteering with Nevada County Habitat for Humanity during the sixth annual National Women Build Week can learn key construction skills and tips. Lowe's will host a free "how-to" clinics for women and men during National Women Build Week, an initiative of Habitat's Women Build program developed in partnership with Lowe's. Habitat's Women Build program empowers women to get actively involved with Habitat's mission to help families in need of safe, decent and affordable housing. The Mother's Day timeframe was selected for its significance to many volunteers. Families with children make up a staggering number of those in need of adequate housing.

"We are looking forward to National Women Build Week and the opportunity to engage more women in our work," said Debbie Arakel, executive director of Nevada County Habitat. "We invite people of all construction levels to join us on May 17th at the build site and take the clinics hosted by Lowe's. We would also like to have more women on the site to work side by side with families and construction volunteers"

The free clinics are open to anyone interested in volunteering at any local Women Build site during National Women Build Week. Attendees will learn home construction basics and have the opportunity to practice new skills. The clinic will take place at Lowe's of Roseville at 10201 Fairway Drive on the following date:

How to Safely Use Hand and Power Tools Date: Friday, May 17 Time: 10-11 am

Anyone wishing to carpool please meet in the parking lot of Alta Sierra Pizza (corner of Highway 49 and Alta Sierra Drive) at 9:00 am.

To sign up for the clinic, volunteers should contact Lorraine Larson at 530-274-1951.

Lowe's contributed more than $1.75 million to National Women Build Week and provided $5,000 Lowe's gift cards to more than 300 participating affiliates. National Women Build Week is one of the major initiatives supported through Lowe's five-year, $20 million pledge to Habitat.

About Nevada County Habitat for Humanity

Nevada County Habitat for Humanity was organized in mid 1995 by various community, government and church members to address the growing and recognized need for affordable housing in Nevada County. In the past years, NCHFH has grown from a handful of concerned citizens to a grass roots organization with a 12 member governing Board of Directors, a roster of 25 Standing Committee Members, over 60 committed volunteers and 500 loyal financial donors, all committed to achieving our mission of providing simple and decent affordable homes for hard-working local families. To date NCHFH has completed 22 homes across Nevada County providing affordable homeownership for 31 adults and 66 children of qualified families. NCHFH broke ground in the Fall of 2010 on a 16-home "Heritage Oaks" development their most ambitious project to date, and have completed 4 homes of the 16. For more information, visit www.nchabitat.org

About Lowe's
Lowe's supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company's signature education grant program, Lowe's Toolbox for Education®, has donated more than $34 million to 7,500 K-12 public schools, benefiting more than 4 million schoolchildren. Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and the American Red Cross. In 2012, Lowe's and the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more,visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 600,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org, or follow us at http://www.facebook.com/habitator at http://www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat's blog community at www.habitat.org\\blog .


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