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Monday, March 26, 2012

Central Jersey Deltas join in Plainfield Habitat's WomenBuild effort


Encouraging women to engage in construction is a goal.
Plainfield-area members of the Central Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, known to all simply as 'the Deltas' (see their website here), will be taking the lead in the 2012 WomenBuild project of the Greater Plainfield Habitat for Humanity.

WomenBuild, sponsored by the Lowe's home improvement stores, seeks to involve more women in the actual construction of Habitat homes by offering free training for women in several skill areas, including how to use tools, safety tips and hands-on experience with Lowe's trainers.

There is still one more workshop, on framing for walls, being offered for this year's project. The workshop is available at the Lowe's Piscataway store, 1345 Centennial Avenue, at 10:00 AM on April 7, or 7:00 PM on April 12. For more information or to sign up, visit the Greater Plainfield Habitat website here.




Part of Lowe's partnership with Habitat is offering
free workshops to give women confidence in basic construction skills.

While women make up about half of Habitat's volunteer force, only about 15% of volunteers actually engaged in construction are women. The WomenBuild program seeks to enlist more women to engage in the physical satisfaction of actually wielding a hammer or saw in support of the effort to expand housing opportunities for low-income American families.

This year's project by the Plainfield chapter is a coordination of the training by Lowe's, a grant for $5,000 from an unnamed local supporter for supplies and the participation of the Delta organization and will take place during May and June.

While the focus of this special program is to engage more women, the Plainfield chapter's executive director, the Rev. Jeremy Montgomery, is always reminding folks that anyone and everyone is invited to become a Habitat volunteer. Those interested can get more information by visiting the website (here), calling (908) 769.5292 or dropping by Habitat's headquarters at 2 Randolph Road (corner of Park Avenue, across from the Muhlenberg Hospital campus).

 

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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