This is a community announcement from Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties. It was not written by The Ithaca Voice. To submit community announcements, email tips@ithacavoice.com.

ITHACA, N.Y. — Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties (TCHFH) will gather hundreds of volunteers to help build homes in Tompkins County as part of National Women Build Week. This is TCHFH’s 8th annual Women Build Weekend event.

Women Build Weekend is a two-day construction extravaganza! All volunteers receive power tool and carpentry training from female construction professionals and supervisors. Throughout the weekend, volunteers work together to construct a set of wall panels for a Habitat home. Many volunteers are also helping TCHFH raise funds, with a $20,000 fundraising goal for the event. Women Build Weekend is full of empowerment, inspiration and camaraderie between local women from all walks of life, united to help address the issue of affordable housing in our community.

Now in its 11th year, National Women Build Week, an initiative created by Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s, has brought together more than 117,000 all-women construction volunteers to build or repair more than 4,500 homes. This year, Lowe’s donated nearly $2 million to Habitat for Humanity to support the 2018 National Women Build Week, which is set to take place in 300 communities nationwide.

The build is happening locally from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12 at the Lowe’s of Ithaca, located at 130 Fairgrounds Memorial Parkway.

Local women (and teens, ages 14 and up) are invited to join us! No construction experience necessary. We teach and train as we go and welcome volunteers of all abilities. Register online at https://www.givegab.com/campaigns/women-build- weekend-2018

About Lowe’s in the Community 

Lowe’s, a FORTUNE ® 50 home improvement company, has a 60-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. In the past decade, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $300 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. For the latest news, visit Newsroom.Lowes.com or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.