Women Build Brings Us Together

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Women Build Group

I started volunteering with Our Towns for Humanity through a volunteer campaign while working with Lowe’s Corporate in 2002. At that time, I did not know anything about construction and very little about Habitat for Humanity, but decided to go out on a Saturday and see what it was all about. I was intrigued enough after that one day to decide to go out again in the future.

One of my first major houses I worked on was a Women Build house. At that time, I knew very little about that either, and was amazed to meet school teachers, church ministry leaders and others from all corners of corporate America, all working together to build a house. The one thing they all had in common was a passion for the Habitat mission and a desire to make a difference through building affordable housing.

I was fortunate to meet Manny, our construction manager, on that house. His passion for the Habitat mission was incredibly infectious. Manny also was a great teacher, he knew an enormous amount about building houses and, even better, he easily taught us how to do so as well.

Habitat for Humanity International’s Women Build initiative originated in Charlotte and has served to be a critical component of the Our Towns Habitat mission as well. We have a dedicated, committed group of women in our community that love Habitat and recognize the difference affordable housing makes, not only in our families but also in our community.

I’m proud to be a small part of this group and I hope we are able to continue building on this worthwhile tradition. I’m happy to share that our Women Build team has recently launched fundraising efforts to build its 10th home with Our Towns, with construction slated to begin this fall.

If you have never worked on a Women Build house before, I invite you to step out of your comfort zone and come out on the construction site with us. You will be amazed how much you’ll learn, and how empowering it is to build side by side with future homeowners, building their own home and a better future. Visit our Women Build page to learn more and fill out an interest form.

In Faith,

Denise Copeland
Interim Executive Director