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Lowe’s and Habitat celebrate National Women Build Week

WOODSTOCK, GEORGIA, USA (4/28/16)-Volunteers helped to raise walls during Girls Night Out. Women gathered in 10 cities across the U.S., and with the help of Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers, they framed houses as part of Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week. The largest partnership initiative between Habitat and Lowe’s, the event is dedicated to empowering women while helping families build or improve a place they can call home. From April 30 to May 8, National Women Build Week brought together more than 17,000 women to build or repair homes alongside 650 families, progressing toward Lowe’s and Habitat’s goal of helping 1,000 families have safe, stable homes by the holidays. More than 300 Habitat locations hosted National Women Build Week activities this year, including new home construction and neighborhood revitalization projects. © Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein

Starting Saturday, more than 17,000 women, in over 300 communities across the country, will join together and volunteer at build sites during National Women Build Week.  Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity launched the annual event in 2008 to educate, inspire and empower women to take action and advocate for affordable housing in their community.

One inspiring story involves Lowe’s employee Repeka Wilson. Wilson was a stay-at-home mom with two children when her life changed overnight after her husband’s death in 2009. Her foundation was shaken, yet she needed to still raise her family.

Wilson began working at Lowe’s in Sacramento and shortly after, she was introduced to Habitat for Humanity. Eight years later and she is now a homeowner. Her daughter, Hillary, has graduated from Stanford University, her son is a rising freshman at San Jose State University and Wilson is not only head cashier at Lowe’s but also sits on the board of the neighborhood’s Habitat Homeowners Association.

Lowe’s believes that a safe, stable home is a source of strength, pride and security for families. Families like the Wilsons.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, or to volunteer at a Women Build project near your community, visit the National Women Build Week page.