Written by Giulia Giuffre
Megaphone Staff Writer
This weekend, Williamson County’s Habitat for Humanity will begin construction on its first Women Build home. The home will be built on Lasso Drive in Round Rock.
The Women Build home is an international project of Habitat for Humanity. The Women Build encourages women and women groups in the area to participate in the building of a house with Habitat for Humanity.
“The Women Build is a great opportunity for the women in the area to have fun and help a family that needs a hand up,” Brent Jenkins, Resource Development Director of Williamson County’s Habitat for Humanity, said.
Before starting plans on the current Women Build home, Williamson County’s Habitat for Humanity needed to get the project approved by Habitat for Humanity International. Habitat for Humanity applied for approval and was certified last year.
Construction of the Women Build house will begin this weekend with the preparation of the construction site. Solid construction, including building and fixing of walls, of the house will start next weekend.
Before beginning plans to build the home, Habitat for Humanity needed to select a family and a build site, survey the build site, complete permits and lay the foundation with plumbing.
The family that will be moving into this Women Build home is made up of a single mother and her two daughters.
For a family to qualify for a Habitat for Humanity home, they must complete 300-500 hours of volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity. The last 100 hours are spent helping to build their home. The family will also complete homeowner education classes.
Habitat for Humanity of greater Williamson Country began in July when the independent chapters of Habitat for Humanity from Georgetown and Round Rock joined.
“Habitat for Humanity is a great program growing in Williamson County,” Jenkins said. “By joining the different chapters, Habitat for Humanity can help the whole county, not just one city.”
In the summer, Williamson County’s Habitat for Humanity plans to build a home in Taylor. In their 2008-2009 year, Williamson County’s Habitat for Humanity goal is to build 11 homes across Round Rock, Georgetown and Taylor.
In addition to the Women Build home, Williamson County’s Habitat for Humanity will also begin construction on their Faith House in the coming weeks. The Faith House will be in Georgetown and will bring together congregations in Williamson County.
Habitat for Humanity wants to encourage women and women’s groups to sign up for a day of building or providing lunch for the Women Build house. Volunteers can participate on any available Friday or Saturday over the expected four months of construction.
Habitat for Humanity wants to include as many volunteers as possible. Many women organizations, businesses, companies and individuals have already signed up to help with the Women Build.
Volunteers interested in assisting with the Women Build were able to sign up as early as a month ago. Organizations and individuals who previously sponsored or donated money to a Habitat for Humanity house were also given the opportunity to help with the Women Build home. Any group or individual interested in volunteering with the construction of the Women Build home can still sign up on available days.
“Volunteers can expect to do everything from sheet rocking to roofing and framing,” Jenkins said. “Anyone can help out. One of the great things about Habitat for Humanity is that it provides everything you need and no prior experience is needed.”
In addition to volunteering, individuals, organizations and businesses can also sponsor the Women Build and other Habitat for Humanity homes. Sponsors, such as Lowes, provide a fund for the materials needed for the homes.
Williamson County’s Habitat for Humanity partnership with Lowes helped with approval of the Women Build home and with providing the material for the home. Lowes provides Habitat for Humanity with in-store credit for any material they need for a house.
“By donating and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, individuals can see what their donations provide and meet the family that their volunteering helps,” Jenkins said.
Individuals or groups interested in participating in or sponsoring the Women Build can contact Debbie Hoffman, Executive Director of Williamson County’s Habitat for Humanity, at 512-863-4344, or Linda Sloan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This is a great opportunity for the women on campus to get together and help out the community that we live in, because someday it might be us that need a house – it’s not likely, but it’s possible,” Natalie Thaddeus, a first-year, said.