DuPage Habitat for Humanity Celebrates Chicagoland Women Build Week

Women Builders, May 5, 2018
Women Builders, May 5, 2018

Women leaders join Habitat from May 5-12 to build homes and build communities.

Aurora, IL (May 15, 2018) — For the first time, four Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the Chicagoland region collaborated to host National Women Build Week events May 5-12, including new home construction and neighborhood revitalization projects.

Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week is an annual weeklong event created by Habitat’s Women Build program in partnership with Lowe’s. The program invites women to devote at least one day to help families build strength, stability and independence through housing. The week is meant to spotlight the homeownership challenges faced by many women in need across the country.

This year, 300 communities in 49 states participated in National Women Build Week to help create a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Locally, DuPage Habitat joined three other Habitat affiliates with a goal to recruit 600 women to build and to collectively raise $300,000:

  • Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity (Aurora, IL)
  • Habitat for Humanity Lake County (Waukegan, IL)
  • Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley (Elgin, IL) 

“Every helping hand makes a difference and we’re thrilled hundreds of women in our community have generously volunteered their talent and time during Habitat’s National Women Build Week to help families in DuPage County have a decent place to call home,” said Dave Neary, Executive Director of DuPage Habitat for Humanity. “We wanted to engage women of all skill levels and encourage them to join their friends, families and neighbors to build up their communities and volunteer where women will could gain invaluable skills to bring back and use in their everyday life.”

On May 5 through 12 over 200 local volunteers gathered at the Fox Valley ReStore, 4100 Fox Valley Center Dr., in Aurora to build the frames of walls for 27 homes that will be constructed in Hanover Park as part of DuPage Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization initiative.

Century 21, DuPage Medical Group, Nicor Gas, and UPS were event sponsors. Athleta, Brauerhouse, Corner Bakery, Digital Alliance, Graham’s Chocolates, Kendra Scott, K-Love, LeCreuset, Protein Bar & Kitchen, Starbucks, and Whole Foods Market supported the event through in-kind donations.

Visit www.chicagolandhabitat.org/WomenBuildWeek for more information and to sign up for a build day with DuPage Habitat.

 

About DuPage Habitat for Humanity

DuPage Habitat was founded in 1995 by Dick and Florence Nogaj as a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical, Christian movement dedicated to building and selling homes in partnership with limited-income, working families. Governed by a local volunteer board of directors, DuPage Habitat lowers homebuilding costs by relying primarily on volunteer time to build and renovate homes, to run many of our critical operations and to provide supportive services to our partner families.  Since 1995, DuPage Habitat has partnered with the community to serve 141 families to date through affordable homeownership and critical home repairs across DuPage County.

 

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