Women volunteers representing “The Build Generation” will raise their hammers at Habitat for Humanity construction sites across the country in recognition of National Women Build Week, in the days leading up to Mother’s Day, May 5-13. National Women Build Week is a nationwide initiative of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program developed in partnership with Lowe’s.
This year’s theme, “The Build Generation,” reflects the event’s goal to recruit and train women volunteers, as well as welcome the next generation of Habitat Women Builders – young women, ages 18-24 – to support Habitat’s mission to create affordable housing and revitalize communities in need.
In Manhattan, author and television personality Julie Edelman, aka “The Accidental Housewife,” and Teresa Edwards, Olympic medalist and former WNBA coach and player, will join women volunteers in painting the Youth Chorus Center at the New York City Housing Authority’s Taft Houses.
WHAT: Local Women Build volunteers support National Women Build Week
WHEN: Saturday, May, 12, 2012
9 a.m.* Revitalization work begins
11:20 a.m. Press Conference
12 p.m. Luncheon
12:30 p.m. Performance by the New York City Housing Authority Youth Chorus
4 p.m. Revitalization work ends
*Julie Edelman is available for early morning in-studio interview opportunities
WHO (INTERVIEW/PHOTO OPS):
- New York Times Best Selling author and television personality Julie Edelman, aka “The Accidental Housewife”
- Teresa Edwards, WNBA player and coach, five-time Olympian and one of the most heralded Olympic basketball players
- The renowned New York City Housing Authority Youth Chorus
- Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter
- Habitat for Humanity-NYC family partner Dimitrea Tokunbo
- Lowe’s Heroes
WHERE: New York City Housing Authority
Youth Chorus Community Center
1385 5th Ave (off West 115 St)
New York, New York 10029
WHY: Habitat’s National Women Build program recruits, educates and inspires women to build and advocate for simple, decent and affordable houses in their communities. Lowe’s, the underwriter of Habitat’s Women Build program, is awarding more than $1.3 million to 275 Habitat affiliates across the United States during National Women Build Week. Approximately 10,000 female volunteers are expected to build at Habitat for Humanity construction sites during this time. This year’s theme, “The Build Generation,” reflects the event’s goal to recruit and train women volunteers, as well as welcome the next generation of Habitat Women Builders – young women, ages 18-24 – to help support Habitat’s mission to create affordable housing and revitalize communities in need.
Women volunteers in New York City will help revitalize the NYCHA Taft Houses Youth Chorus Center, which provides residents, ages nine to 21 with intensive vocal training and lessons in music history and choreography. In addition to teaching music fundamentals, the Chorus also fosters self-esteem among its young musicians.
About Habitat for Humanity-New York City
Habitat for Humanity - New York City transforms lives and our city by building quality homes for families in need and by uniting all New Yorkers around the cause of affordable housing. With the help of thousands of volunteers every year, Habitat-NYC has built 268 affordable homes in the five boroughs of New York City.
Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated nearly $5 million in grants to K-12 public schools every year since its inception in 2006. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross. In 2011, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $32 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org, or follow us at http://www.facebook.com/habitator at http://www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org\\blog .