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Boone County women to build Habitat for Humanity home in eight weeks

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Boone County women spent a rainy Saturday morning building walls for a Habitat for Humanity home in the parking lot of the Boone Village Shopping Center. (Submitted photo)

Boone County women spent a rainy Saturday morning building walls for a Habitat for Humanity home in the parking lot of the Boone Village Shopping Center. (Submitted photo)

Habitat for Humanity of Boone County is ending its 2016 build season with the third annual Women Build.

Women Build is a national Habitat for Humanity program designed to provide a comfortable learning environment for women to discover they can build a Habitat for Humanity home. More than 50 women recently showed up at the Boone Village Shopping Center in rainy conditions (with occasional downpours) to build the walls for the home.

The walls were loaded onto flatbed trucks and transported to the Lebanon build site. All the exterior walls were in place by the end of the first day. Thirty-three teams, each consisting of 10 women, have raised funds to completely finance the cost of building the home. They plan to have it complete in eight weeks.

“We have given ourselves a big challenge again this year – building this house in just eight weeks,” said Sue Burks, Habitat for Humanity of Boone County volunteer coordinator. “However, we are confident that we can get the job done with all these dedicated women.”

Each team will be assigned one build day. The first team began work on Sept. 13 with completion of the house planned for mid-November. The work week will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Fund raising events by many teams were held this summer to build enthusiasm and get organized.

“It is so impressive how well these ladies have organized every phase of this build, from fundraising to pounding nails,” said Steve Furste, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Boone County.

For more information about Women Build 2016 or getting involved with Women Build 2017, contact Burks at 317-919-9286 or sburks@boonehabitat.org.


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