Mahaska County Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s invite women to volunteer during National Women Build Week

Mahaska Habitat for Humanity recently broke ground on its 16th home in the Oskaloosa area.

Mahaska Habitat for Humanity

Women to build homes in partnership with local low-income families May 4 – 12

Oskaloosa (April 12, 2013) – Area women are invited to grab their hammers and volunteer during Habitat for Humanity’s sixth annual National Women Build Week. During the week of May 4-12, more than 300 Habitat affiliates nationwide will host women build projects in partnership with Lowe’s, the underwriter of Habitat’s Women Build program.

National Women Build Week challenges women to come together and devote at least one day to building simple, decent and affordable housing in their local communities. More than 41,000 women volunteers from all 50 states have participated in previous years.

“We are so excited to participate in National Women Build Week on May 5th at our current build at 1007 South “F” Street,” said Valinn McReynolds, executive director of Mahaska County Habitat. “This is a great opportunity for women of all skill levels to come together to help a family in need.”

To date, women volunteers have helped construct more than 2,100 Habitat houses nationwide. This will be Mahaska County Habitat’s second year to participate in the Women Build.

Lowe’s contributes more than $1.75 million to National Women Build Week and provides $5,000 Lowe’s gift cards to more than 300 participating affiliates. National Women Build Week is one of the major initiatives supported through Lowe’s five-year, $20 million pledge to Habitat. As the underwriter of the Women Build program since 2004, Lowe’s also conducts “How-To” clinics at local stores to teach women key construction skills that will empower them to support Habitat projects across the country.

This Cinco De Mayo (May 5th) join Mahaska County Habitat for Humanity at 1007 South “F” Street from Noon-5pm. The women of Mahaska County will come together and work on the home for our current Partner Family, Nichole Montovan and her two children.

Lowe’s Women Build puts the hammer in the hands of women and empowers them to go out into the world and to make a difference. Let’s create confidence one hammer at a time. We are lucky enough to have a woman in Oskaloosa who embodies this drive and she will be recognized at this event.

Not only will it be a fun day of building, but thanks to Smokey Row, Crisis Intervention, United Way, Curves, Stam, Book Vault, Grate Expectations, and Hunter’s for donating awesome door prizes! To volunteer or donate to this project, please call 641.295.5805 email or visit

Visit for more information on National Women Build Week.

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