In the days leading up to Mother’s Day, construction crews of women volunteers, including recording artist Trisha Yearwood, will be pounding nails and raising walls at Habitat for Humanity construction sites across the country in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 2 – 10. Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity of Matthews are looking for local women volunteers to work one day on a Habitat Matthews’ construction site during the nine-day event. Construction or home improvement experience is not necessary.

Yearwood is helping launch National Women Build Week, building with women volunteers in her adopted hometown of Tulsa, OK. Yearwood will wrap up the final weekend of the event building with women volunteers in Atlanta, near her hometown of Monticello, Ga. Across all 50 states, more than 7,000 women volunteers are expected to build at more than 200 Habitat for Humanity construction sites.

Developed through the partnership between Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to the effort to eliminate poverty housing. The event is an initiative of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, underwritten by Lowe’s, which brings women from all walks of life together to learn construction skills and then use those skills to build simple, decent affordable houses.

The Mother’s Day timeframe was selected for its significance to many volunteers, as families with children make up a staggering number of those in need of adequate housing: more than 12 million children – one in six — live in poverty housing in the United States alone. To date, women volunteers have built more than 1,400 Habitat houses nationwide. This is the first Women Build event for Habitat for Humanity of Matthews.

Lowe’s is committing $875,000 to National Women Build Week, providing $5,000 grants and event support materials to 175 Habitat affiliates. This is a major initiative of Lowe’s renewed five-year, $20 million pledge to Habitat. That commitment includes underwriting of the Women Build program, as well as providing construction know-how at in-store clinics and build sites, and funding for a variety of Habitat projects across the country.

To volunteer or donate to this project, please call (704) 847-4266, email cry@habitatmatthews.org or visit www.habitatmatthews.org

About Habitat for Humanity of Matthews

Habitat for Humanity of Matthews (HFHM) is a non-ecumenical, non-profit, Christian housing ministry whose mission is to build safe, decent and affordable homes for partnering families in need. Since affiliation in 1989, HFHM has raised funds to acquire and develop land for 4 neighborhoods and continues to raise funds and recruit volunteers for the building of homes for partnering families in need. To date, Habitat for Humanity of Matthews’ achievements total over 80 homes in the town of Matthews and is currently working on building out Sunrise Crossing, Habitat’s newest, 18 home sub-division at the end of Matthews School Road.