JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Any ladies interested in hanging up their handbags for hard hats and hammers are invited to attend a clinic at Lowe's in Gulfport today titled "How to Properly and Safely Use Power and Hand Tools." The clinic is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is being held in support of the 8th annual Women Build project, an event hosted each year by Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
More than 90 Gulf Coast women, including Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran, will volunteer their time to help construct affordable housing in the Gulf Park Estates neighborhood of Ocean Springs.
Over 25 all-female teams will each spend one day between Oct. 13 and Oct. 31, 2015, helping to raise the walls on a new home construction project at 3309 North 3rd Street.
Each team of women will consist of a leader, as well as six other team members.
In addition to Mayor Moran, two Gautier city officials will also volunteer their time – city manager Samantha Abell, who will act as a team leader, and city council representative-at-large Mary Martin.
Local ladies from 12 local businesses and organizations are also currently signed on as Women Build volunteers, and Habitat for Humanity is still accepting applications from anyone else who would like to participate.
Aside from offering up their time, each volunteer has a goal to raise a minimum of $350. To date, $12,191 has been raised from 171 donors and additional funds come in daily.
"We are looking forward to our Women Build event and the opportunity to engage more women in our work," said Habitat for Humanity director of development Adele Lyons. "We invite women of all skill levels to join us by volunteering and helping raise funds."
Habitat for Humanity created the Women Build event to challenge women all over the country to donate one day of their time to building affordable housing in their local communities. More than 15,000 women have volunteered at Habitat construction sites across the United States since the event began over eight years ago as a way to spotlight the home ownership challenges that women face.
Lowe's helped launch Women Build in 2008 and, and in addition to holding educational clinics, they provide support each year from their Lowe's Heroes program. Additionally, Lowe's has donated nearly $2 million nationwide in support of this year's event.
The Women Build program recruits, educates, and inspires women to build and advocate for simple, decent and affordable homes in their communities. Since the program was created in 1998, more than 2,300 homes have been built in partnership with low-income families using Women Build crews.
To volunteer for Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Gulf Coast's upcoming Women Build event or to register for today's clinic at Lowe's, call (228) 678-9110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.