In an annual national pre-Mother's Day project sponsored by Lowe's stores, Montgomery-based Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity held a two-day Women Build May 11-12.
Volunteers from Aurora to Batavia to Yorkville were scheduled to work at the future home of Marissa Marrufo, 1551 Solfisburg Ave. in Aurora.
When inclement weather canceled work at Solfisburg Avenue on Friday, eight volunteers laid sod at a recently dedicated Habitat home at 564 Spruce St. in Aurora.
On Saturday morning, 11 volunteers nailed garage wall forms in the parking lot at Genesis Community Church, 1300 S. Broadway in Montgomery. Lunch was served at noon.
Volunteers raised $250 each to help defray project expenses.
Habitat for Humanity's National Women Build Week is an annual weeklong event created by Habitat's Women Build program in partnership with Lowe's.
The program invites women to devote at least one day to help families build strength, stability and independence through housing. The week is meant to spotlight the homeownership challenges faced by women.
National Women Build Week is held the week leading up to Mother's Day with Lowe's generously donating nearly $2 million dollars and volunteer support.
Hosting the event during this week reinforces the message that every woman can make a difference through learning and using construction skills.
More than 98,000 women from all 50 states have volunteered at the nine previous National Women Build Week events.
In addition to the financial and volunteer support, local Habitat organizations and Lowe's offer how-to clinics to help prepare volunteers for the build site.
Founded in 1989, Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity is an Aurora-based ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Fox Valley Habitat has built or rehabbed 60 homes in Aurora, North Aurora and Montgomery, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 200 people. Fox Valley Habitat is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.
Founded in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat has built more than 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people.
Volunteers and donations of funds, materials and services are needed to continue Fox Valley Habitat's ministry. For more information, call (630) 859-3333, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.foxvalleyhabitat.org. Follow www.facebook.com/FoxValleyHabitatforHumanity/ or twitter.com/FV_Habitat.