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Women help build Habitat for Humanity home

May 24, 2009

As part of a $5,000 grant from Lowe's, a group of women with Habitat for Humanity of Washington County took part in building a house May 12 and 14 in celebration of National Women Build Week.

On May 12, Habitat's project participants worked 6 1/2 hours on preparing the footers for inspection by bending and laying rebar for the house at 1018 Lanvale St. in Hagerstown.

On May 14, a group of seven women went out early in the morning in the rain to complete the rebar. Once the sun began to shine around 10 a.m., concrete was delivered for the foundation footers and the women spread the concrete.

The official National Women Build Week took place May 2 to 10 - the week leading up to Mother's Day - with more than 175 Habitat affiliates in 50 states scheduled to participate in building Habitat homes with women volunteers. Unfortunatelym, eight days of rain on the East Coast kept thelocal affiliate, which had not yet excavated, and a number of others from building that week. May 12 and 14 were makeup days for the build.

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Lowe's, the underwriter of Habitat for Humanity's Women Build program, is awarding $875,000 to 175 Habitat affiliates across the United States during National Women Build Week. The support is part of an overall pledge of $20 million to Habitat for Humanity over the next five years.

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