Local Habitat for Humanity hosts first Women Build

Kathy Prater and Anne Budzinski hammer nails into a wall frame on Oct. 1 as part of Habitat for Humanity's Women Build program. Photo by Eric Christiansen 

By Emma Rausch

Seven women picked up hammers and nails Saturday, Oct. 1, for Wabash County Habitat for Humanity during the local chapter’s first Women Build.

The women, whose ages ranged from 18 to 85, helped construct interior walls at the organization’s North Manchester build project, located at 516 W. 4th St.

“So far, what we’ve got from the community is, ‘When is the next one?’” Dottie Cole, local Habitat secretary, said. “I am assuming that the women from Wabash County are excited about participating in another one.”

More than 30 nations participate in Women Build projects, which has equated to more than 2,200 homes and more than 40,000 volunteer hours annually, according to Cole.

“This is the reason (the local Habitat chapter) is excited about doing a Women Build in Wabash County,” she continued, “because there is more to women than making cupcakes and doing fundraisers. We really can reach out to community and help build it and make it a better place.”

One of the most special parts about the day, however, was that the women were helping to build a new home for a single father, according to Maggie Wimberly, local Habitat executive director.

“I think the biggest takeaway that we had from Saturday was not so much who we were building for, but why we were building the home and why women were participating,” Cole added.

Posted on 2016 Oct 11