May 12, 2017

In celebration of National Women Build Week, Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County and Lowe’s Home Improvement are teaming up to address and advocate for affordable homeownership for women, one nail at a time.

On Saturday, May 13, female employees from Lowe’s Cherrydale will spend a day volunteering alongside women representing Greenville City Council, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, and other organizations. They will work on the latest Habitat home being built, a home in Greenville’s Grace Point community for Aquata Woodruff and her four children.

“The women who volunteer on Habitat build sites are some of our strongest advocates for affordable homeownership,” said Monroe Free, President & CEO of Habitat Greenville. “Aquata is also a fierce advocate for affordable housing as the pathway to her family’s future, and we’re honored that the 2017 Women’s Build will help her reach those dreams.”

Habitat Greenville’s Women Build week began with a previous event on Saturday, May 6, in Simpsonville.

National Women Build Week is an initiative that invites women to devote at least one day to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. The week is meant to spotlight the homeownership challenges faced by women. Since the program’s inception, over 98,000 women in all 50 states have participated. Lowe’s has partnered with Habitat for Humanity International on this and other initiatives since 2003.

“Lowe’s involvement with Women Build is much more than a financial arrangement—it is a reflection of our commitment to address the nationwide issue of substandard housing. We are helping to build homes everyone can take pride in—our employees, the volunteers, the partner families and the communities,” said Larry Stone, chairman of Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.

About Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County: Through construction of affordable homes, Habitat for Humanity of Greenville enables Greenville families with low income to build strength, stability and self-reliance. Habitat Greenville received the Greenville Chamber’s Neighborhood Improvement Award in 2015, and was recognized with the 2015 Nonprofit Excellence Award, given by the SC Association of Nonprofit Organizations (SCANPO). Chartered in 1985, Habitat Greenville has completed construction of more than 335 homes. In recognition of its financial health, accountability and transparency, Habitat Greenville has received 4-Star Charity status by Charity Navigator. Learn more at www.habitatgreenville.org.

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