Jackson County Celebrates Women Build Week

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Building homes has traditionally been done by men over the years.

But, more and more women are designing and putting up houses all over the country.

This week, ladies all over have put on hard hats to help with Habitat for Humanity projects as a part of National Women Build Week.

Women Build was started in the 1990’s by Habitat International.

The idea of Women Build is to remind people that women are strong and capable of more than they are given credit for.

That’s why roughly 50 women volunteered in Jackson County to help build houses for four families in Greenwood.

“I think it’s good for women to share in that responsibility,” said Dinah Molina, Volunteer. “Men get a lot of credit but there’s a lot of able women that can manage that and to show off what we can do too. It feels good.”

Habitat for Humanity is not a government funded program.

Most of their revenue comes from fundraising and their restore.

“We partner with families to build homes with them. They are responsible for mortgage payments monthly, and we escrow in their house insurance and their taxes as well,” said Carmen Smith, Habitat for Humanity Executive Director.

Volunteers with Friday’s Women Build event paid a $20 registration fee.

All of that money goes back to Habitat for Humanity.

“The money that is raised for Women build goes to furthering our mission,” Smith said. “It allows us to continue to be able to build homes for more qualifying families here in Jackson and Washington counties.”

This is the first year Jackson County Habitat for Humanity has participated in the event.

They said they hope to do it again.

“We’re hoping to make this a staple in our programming every year and we’ve already told our contractors that next year, we women are framing,” said Smith.

Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity will continue to work on the four homes.

Smith said they are expected to be finished by the end of the summer.

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