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Boone Service League members Anna Oakes, left, and Kelli Haas nail joists to a girder as part
of Watauga County Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Day May 3.
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Originally published: 2014-05-07 14:12:19
Last modified: 2014-05-07 14:13:04

Watauga Habitat participates in Women Build Week

by Staff Reports

More than 10 local women -- including volunteers from the Boone Sunrise Rotary Club and the Boone Service League -- participated on a Watauga County Habitat for Humanity construction site in recognition of National Women Build Week, held May 3-11.

Now in its seventh year, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities. The week also spotlights the homeownership challenges faced by women. Lowe's Home Improvement sponsors Women Build Week.

"It's great that Lowes provides this opportunity to bring women together from communities across our country to work to help solve the problem of affordable housing," said Alex Hooker, executive director of Watauga County Habitat for Humanity. "It's fitting that their efforts here today went toward helping a single mother of four provide a safe and healthy place for her family to call home."

The volunteers worked to put the basement floor system in the fourth house built in Watauga Habitat's GreenWood Community. The home is also part of Habitat for Humanity's Builder's Blitz campaign, in which local homebuilders work to complete a house in less than one month. The High Country Home Builders Association will start work this week on the house and plan to have the home finished by the second week in June.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports more than 16.1 million children are living in poverty in the United States, and nearly 24 percent of children reside with women heads-of-household. In Watauga County, more than 32 percent of families are in need of affordable housing, according to Habitat.

Lowe's this year donated $1.75 million to Women Build Week, including a $5,000 store gift card to Watauga Habitat. Since the program was created in 1998, more than 2,200 homes have been built in partnership with low-income families using Women Build crews. More than 52,000 women from all 50 states have volunteered at the six previous Women Build Week events.

Watauga County Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry founded in 1987. Since then, Watauga Habitat has built 24 homes in Watauga County for families in need. For more information, call (828) 268-9545 or visit