Habitat for Humanity Women Build 2006
Can you swing a hammer? Swipe a paintbrush? Sweep a broom?
Would you like to get involved in helping make the dream of a safe, secure home a reality for an Albuquerque family?
Well, now is your chance!
Through the generous support of the Lowe’s corporation, the Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity will begin building a 1,200 to 1,400 sq. foot, 3-bedroom home with attached garage right here in Albuquerque.
Where: 7415 Sam Bowen Ct. SW (less than 0.1 mile south of Central at 75th Street)
Sure, there are always a lot of men working on Habitat sites, but about 50% of the crews are women. In fact, women volunteer crews have built over 450 Habitat homes across the U.S. And NAWBO-NNM is gathering our own crew to help build a simple, decent home for one of Habitat’s families in need.
All work will take place on Saturdays. The start date for this project is pending approvals from the City of Albuquerque. Once the 10-week project gets underway there will be plenty of ways for YOU to get involved each week. There will always be someone available to instruct you on anything you want to learn, and you will work right alongside the family who will eventually move into the home.
So gather your friends, family, and colleagues and get involved. It’s a great way to give back to our community and have some FUN, too. NOTE: If you are interested in joining NAWBO-NNM at Women Build 2006, email Ann Allsbury— you’ll be glad you did!
No Experience? No Problem!
Lowe’s will be giving free workshops where you’ll learn basic construction skills you can use around your own home, including framing; installing roof shingles, exterior siding, insulation and drywall; using hand and power tools; and interior painting.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- The ground-breaking ceremony normally begins at 9:00 a.m. It is at this ceremony that the family who will moving into the home will be introduced. Immediately after the ceremony we will begin framing and standing walls.
- All volunteer work will be performed between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays, with a lunch break at 12:00 noon (lunch will be provided).
- Sign-in generally occurs at 8:00-8:30 a.m., followed by a safety briefing.
- You can volunteer half days or full days. You can volunteer one Saturday, a number of Saturdays, or all Saturdays – whatever works for you.
- Habitat does not provide morning food – eat breakfast before you leave home.
- Dress appropriately with clothes that are not baggy, tie back long hair, and remove jewelry.
- Hats, sunscreen, and sunglasses are always advisable.
- Bring work gloves (or Habitat can provide them) and wear sturdy shoes – no sandals!
- All tools and safety equipment (safety glasses, hard hats, etc) needed for the work to be performed will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you’d like – just be sure your name is on everything.
- We will be performing all aspects of the build with the exception of concrete pours, stucco, plumbing, electrical and HVAC. Our building activities will include framing and standing walls, installing and setting trusses, roofing, drywall, exterior sheathing, installing windows and doors, painting inside and out, interior trim, landscaping, etc.
- The building schedule calendar will be updated each week with the upcoming weekend’s activities and opportunities (presently under construction).
- While the goal is to build a home, there is no pressure; the idea is to have fun!!
Habitat can use your dollars too! Lowe’s has generously provided $25,000 in sponsorship funding, but to make the project a reality Habitat needs to raise another $25,000 to cover the various costs associated with building the home. It’s a hard cold fact that building decent, simple homes takes a lot of hard cold cash. To give you an idea: $10 is roughly equivalent to one box of nails; $75 is a window; $150 buys a front door. And so on. They can always use your dollars!