Volunteers from the Junior League of Colorado Springs dig a drainage ditch with shovels and pickaxes with Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity May 7, 2016, wrapping up National Women Build Week. National Women build Week is an annual weeklong event that invites women to dedicate at least one day to build strength and independence through home building.
“With no experience in construction at all, I felt completely comfortable. They walk you through everything step by step,” said Stephanie Curnow, Junior League of Colorado Springs member and National Women Build Week volunteer. “Overall it was really great.”
Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity had 126 individuals who signed up to volunteer for National Women Build Week. Eighty of the volunteers were women. Volunteer shifts are a total of three and a half hours and include a morning shift from 8:30am to 12:00pm or an afternoon shift from 1:00pm to 4:30pm.
“We had a lot of things going on this week including trim-work, painting, windows, foundation-work and front yard work,” said Joe Allman, Construction Supervisor. “We were also able to complete both siding and insulation projects.”
This week volunteers worked on several Habitat homes, to include the Gallegos family home. The Gallegos home is expected to be complete this August. The Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity National Women Build Week program began in 2008 and has completed three homes in the region.
“Volunteering with habitat is an extremely fulfilling experience,” said Nailah Ellis Timberlake, Junior League of Colorado Springs member and National Women Build Week volunteer. “The work that Habitat does is important and if you have the time I think you should come out and support.”
The local Colorado Springs Lowe's store and Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity team up again for National Women Build Week for their ninth year since 2008. Women Build is a movement to encourage women getting involved in construction, and bringing awareness to Women's issues as they relate to affordable housing.
Stefanie Attwood, a Lowe's employee and volunteer with Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Women Build Week, talks about the "How-to" classes that Lowe's offers in support of National Women Build Week. Sign up and gain invaluable skills and make new friends while volunteering with Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity.
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Laraine Saldivar served as the Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Women Build Committee Chair role for several years. She helped provide leadership and oversight of all aspects of Women Build including fundraising, recruiting volunteers and raising community awareness about Women Build.
In this video she explains how she got involved, what type of fundraising the committee created to help Women Build and local families, and how you can get involved.
Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity National Women Build Week kicked off on April 30, 2016. National Women Build Week will continue through to Saturday May 7, 2016. Please show your support for your community by sharing this video on Facebook and Twitter! Also, please check out Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity's website and find a time when you can get involved, Pikes Peak Habitat has a Women Build day monthly! Sign up at: http://www.pikespeakhabitat.org/volunteer/
El Paso County in Colorado is a mecca for non-profit organizations. With a population of about 440,000 people in 194 square miles Colorado Springs has around 165 non-profit organizations serving the community. With so many to choose from how do you decide which one is near and dear to your heart?
This blog follows some of the causes that I care about. I encourage you to take the time to read through and learn about these organizations and the impacts that they are making in our community.