Women Build Week!

By Alanna McCargo

I am honored to be a part of Women Build Week 2013 in Washington, DC!

From Habitat for Humanity DC:

This year, National Women Build Week will take place the week of May 6th to May 11th. We are reaching out to women’s organizations and individuals in the DC-area to join us for several events:

  • On May 6th and 7th, DC Habitat is partnering with Lowe’s of New Carrollton, MD for two Build Clinics from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. These clinics will help women volunteers gain construction and home maintenance skills. Build clinics are free and limited to 20people. If you are interested in participating in one of our build clinics, please reply to this email with the date you wish to attend!
  • On May 9th we will be having a build day at our site in Ivy City. The build day will be from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM, volunteers will receive lunch and a Women Build 2013 t-shirt. We will also be joined by Housing & Financial Services executive and public speaker, Alanna McCargo. DC Habitat’s mission is fairly simple – we work to provide affordable housing solutions for families in need.  And our aim is to buphoto 3ild just as many homes as we can.  Of course, the number of homes we can build depends mainly on how much money we raise.  Our sustainability depends on the vital combination of funds and volunteer labor provided by our supporters.  For this reason, we ask for a suggested donation of $25 or more per each participant. All volunteers must be at least 16 years old. (To sign up for our build day, please take the Nuts & Bolts online orientation here. At the end, you will be able to register in our system with your contact information. After registering, please login and click on “Volunteer Groups” and request to join the Women Build group. You’ll then be given permission to click on the May 9th Women Build Day and register. Once you have signed up, please use our Network for Good donation page here and type Women Build in the “on behalf of” donation box).  Please feel free to share this opportunity with your female colleagues, friends, and family!

We sincerely hope you will take part in our National Women Build Week!


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