Build Like A Girl

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By Marianne Lynch, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County

This week is Women Build, one of my favorite activities during the year!  It’s a chance for me to get out and work on-site with a group of fantastic ladies who are passionate about our mission. While I am on-site, it always strikes me that I know very little about construction. Sure, I’ve tiled a bathroom and put up drywall, but to build a house is something else entirely

That’s what so great about the week, women come together to learn and get encouragement from other women – how to measure, frame, use power tools and so much more. Many of the women who participate self-proclaim that they have very little skill when they begin, but walk away from the week feeling very empowered and capable – skills that help build confidence in other areas of their lives.  They are able to feel that way because of the tools they acquire and the support of the other women on-site, including our amazing women crew leaders, Patti, Deb and Debbie and the other volunteers themselves.  

I want to thank these great crew leaders, Paul our site supervisor, Steve our AmeriCorps National member, all of the women teams that built. Additionally I'd like to thank our awesome food sponsors (including Chick-fil-a, Charlie’s Pizza, Stella’s, Saladworks) and our speakers who kicked off each day with some inspiring words. Finally, I would like to thank Lowe’s for sponsoring the Women Build safety class and the program itself.

Although you may have missed our Women Build Week this year, I encourage you to come Build Like a Girl with us any time.  You don’t need any special skills (or any skills at all!) Our team will help you learn, give you encouragement and let you try new things, all while helping a family in need.