‘Women Build’ to Construct Habitat for Humanity Home in Hillsborough
Women Build is the first women-themed construction event for Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – More than 130 Hillsborough County women will be donning purple hard hats and swinging purple hammers as they come together for “Women Build” to construct a Habitat for Humanity home for a single mother and her four children.
The Women Build construction site, co-sponsored by Skanska and TCM Bank, officially opens to volunteers at 8 a.m. Saturday (April 22) when the first team of women volunteers will be working with Candice Cowen to raise the roof trusses on the home for her children.
Women Build is the first women-themed construction event for Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County. In addition to helping fund construction of the Cowen family home, both Skanska and TCM Bank will have several staff members volunteer on the building site. More than 1,200 volunteer hours will have been invested in the Cowen home when Women Build completes all phases of construction in early June.
Cowen, whose oldest daughter is a cancer survivor, has faced financial challenges providing adequate and safe housing for her children.
“I’m so grateful to have been accepted into the Habitat program and have the chance to own a home of my own and a safe place to raise my kids,” Cowen said. “I’m also very excited to work alongside so many amazing women who want to help build my home.”
Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization founded and operated on Christian principles. Habitat Hillsborough is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their housing conditions.
Habitat Hillsborough also operates two ReStores at 3738 E Hillsborough Ave. and 11236 W Hillsborough Ave., which offer a wide variety of new and used building materials and home goods at discount prices. Habitat Hillsborough has built more than 180 homes across the county. In addition, they serve homeowners through their home preservation program.
For information on Women Build, or how to qualify, sponsor or volunteer for a Habitat for Humanity home, call (813) 239-2242.
For information about Hillsborough Habitat for Humanity, go to habitathillsborough.org.
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