Grand Traverse Habitat For Humanity and Lowe's of Traverse City Offer Home Construction Clinics for Women

For women who want to build a village, but don’t know where to start, Habitat for Humanity-Grand Traverse Region and Lowe’s of Traverse City have the answer. As the 2010 underwriter for Habitat for Humanity International’s Women Build program, Lowe’s is hosting how-to clinics at its Traverse City store to help prepare women volunteers to build a Maple City area house this spring.

The free clinics not only teach women home construction basics, they provide extensive hands-on opportunities to practice these new skills. Each of the clinics will help educate the volunteers on basic construction and tool safety techniques, enabling them to be confident and effective in their volunteer efforts with Habitat for Humanity. Among other things, women will have the opportunity to practice using power tools, framing walls and installing drywall.Clinics will take place at Lowe’s of Traverse City on the following dates:

How to Safely Use Hand and Power Tools &                 Saturday, March 6thHow to Frame for Walls and Roofs                               9am-11am

How to Install Exterior Siding &                                  Saturday, March 20thHow to Install Roofing Shingles                                   9am-11am

How to Install Insulation and Drywall &                       Saturday, April 3How to Finish Interior with Paint and Trim                    9am-11am

How to Safely Use Hand and Power Tools &                  Saturday, April 17thHow to Frame for Walls and Roofs                                9am-11am

To sign up for the clinics or to learn more about Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, interested volunteers should contact HFH-GTR at 231.941.4663. PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE. Registered volunteers should wear comfortable clothing and bring a ready-to-learn attitude. All supplies will be provided on site.

Lowe’s is a national partner with Habitat for Humanity International and is the underwriter of Habitat’s Women Build program, which actively engages women in construction to address the problem of substandard housing. With Lowe’s support women are redefining home making by building homes that move families out of substandard housing. Women Build is a program of Habitat for Humanity International. Lowe’s, a Fortune 50 company with more than 58 years in the business of home improvement, is the Women Build underwriter. For more information about Habitat for Humanity International’s Women Build program, visit www.habitat.org/wb.

National Women Build Week is May 1-9. Construction for the Sandra M. Schlueter Memorial Women Build will begin on Saturday, May 1st. For more information or to sign-up for a Lowe’s Clinic, contact: Carrie Ullery-Smith at: 231.941.4663 or at:[email protected]

- About Habitat for Humanity-Grand Traverse Region -

Habitat for Humanity-Grand Traverse Region, serving Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties, is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International – a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization.

Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged. Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses.

Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor – sweat equity – into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses.

Habitat for Humanity-Grand Traverse Region also operates a ReStore that sells new and used building materials, household items and fixtures.  The ReStore is open to the public Monday – Saturday and is located at 1129 Woodmere Ave in Traverse City.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity-Grand Traverse Region, call 231-941-4663 or visit www.habitatgtr.org.

In addition, volunteers are invited to visit www.habitatvolunteer.blogspot.com and can follow Habitat for Humanity-Grand Traverse Region on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hfhgtrvolunteer.

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