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Event celebrates Aiken Habitat’s Women Build home

May 6, 2018 GMT

Around 40 people gathered early Saturday morning to celebrate and recognize the efforts of volunteers working on this year’s Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build.

Construction is ongoing for the 11th Women Build project in Aiken County; the majority of volunteer work on the home is done by women.

National Women Build Week is sponsored by Lowe’s Home Improvement, which awards a $5,000 materials grants to Habitat for Humanity programs that qualify.

“Programs like the Women’s Build really help Lowe’s fulfill its purpose to help people love where they live and it’s an honor and privilege to be apart of it, and I look forward to many more years of our partnership,” said Corey Slie, Lowe’s manager.

Women participated in free skills classes at Lowe’s of Aiken during January and February to learn tools and techniques in home-building.

Aiken City Councilwoman Lessie Price spoke at the event and called the volunteers a “strong team of angels.”

“I thought about your work that you do every time theres a project going on,” she said.

“You could be doing a hundred other things, and I know it as a woman what schedules can be like, but yet you give your time, your talent and your energy to projects like this because you are making a difference in the lives of so many,” Price said.

A press release from Habitat for Humanity said 73 volunteers have worked on the house and 50 of them are women. The home has a goal completion date by the end of June.

Judy Sennett, co-chair for the Women Build committee, said this is the sixth year Aiken County Habitat for Humanity has received the grant from Lowe’s, bringing $30,000 to help build homes in Aiken.

This year’s Women Build home will be the 107th home built by Aiken County Habitat for Humanity.