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Taos Habitat seeks women builders

Taos Habitat seeks women builders
Taos News staff
Apr 28, 2015

Habitat for Humanity of Taos and Lowe’s invite women to volunteer during the construction of two homes in Taos as part of the eighth annual National Women Build Week.

Habitat for Humanity of Taos is one of more than 300 Habitat affiliates nationwide hosting Women Build projects with support from Lowe’s, the national organization’s longtime partner in the event.

National Women Build Week, held May 2-10, challenges women to devote at least one day to build simple, decent and affordable housing in their local communities. More than 62,000 women from all 50 states have volunteered in previous years.

“We are excited to participate in National Women Build Week,” said Cynthia Arvidson, executive director of Taos Habitat, in a prepared statement. “This is a great opportunity for women of all skill levels to come together to help a family in need of better housing. It shows that you can make a difference in someone’s life.”

On May 7-9, volunteers will put the final color coat of stucco on the Mares family home. There will also be adobe brick-making stations where participants can learn how to make adobe bricks. No construction skills are necessary.

To volunteer or donate to this project, call (575) 758-7827 or email [ email ]. For information on National Women Build Week, visit Habitat.org/wb. Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008, and each year provides the support of Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills. This year, Lowe’s contributed nearly $2 million to National Women Build Week. Since its partnership began in 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat and helped nearly 4,000 families improve their living conditions.

The Taos chapter has almost completed its 29th home, which is for the Mares family, and is about to begin the 30th, for the Romero family. It has finished 24 low-income owner-occupied home rehabilitations. This is a community impact of 54 families served in Taos County.

Lowe’s, a Fortune 100 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects, according to a press release. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $200 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to their communities.

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