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Carolyn Pope
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EDWARDS – Although most people don’t usually picture women in hard hats and tool belts, Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties is creating a new vision of for you.Give them the tools, and they will come.

The first Women Build Week, held Aug. 23. through Aug. 26 was a great success. Over 432 hours of labor, exclusively completed by women, set a high bar, but the staff at Habitat are convinced that this is only the nicking the surface of the potential for female fortitude in the home building business; especially considering the hammers and nails are coming out to build homes for those who can’t afford one on their own.

Women Build is not about excluding men – it’s about including women. Nationally, women make up 50 percent of Habitat’s volunteer force, yet women account for only 15 percent of volunteers actively doing construction.A kick-off party for Women Build was held recently at Dish! in Edwards. The room was jammed full of women ready to step up and do what was necessary to help complete a project.The goal is to build a home completely under the direction, financial support and physical labor of women. Three teams are already being formed, but it’s not too late if you’re up to the challenge.The dates are coming up quickly – the next Women Build Week is scheduled for Dec. 4 through Dec. 9. And you’ll need to wear your long underwear; the organization is still looking for a framing contractor to get a triplex in Eagle dried in, so be prepared to weather the elements.If you’re interested in joining up, call the Habitat office to sign up at 748-6718 or e-mail kalie@habitateaglelake.org.



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