Sunday, May 1, 2011

Habitat's Women Build Week May 2 -- 8

Mayor Jim Fleck, mayoral primary candidates, Whitley Chamber of Commerce President, and local business women and Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s team up for
National Women Build Week
Local female volunteers answer call to help eliminate poverty housing

Columbia City, IN— In the days leading up to Mother’s Day, construction crews of female volunteers will pound nails and raise walls at Habitat construction sites across the country in recognition of National Women Build Week, April  30 through May 8.

In Columbia City, In, during the week of May 2 thru Saturday May 8 , Whitley Chamber President Sara Goff, Mayor Jim Fleck, local business women, primary mayoral candidates, Mindy Hoffman, 2010 Distinguished Young Woman of Whitley County, Lake City Roller Dolls (Warsaw, In), Fort Wayne Derby Girls,  Lowe’s Heroes and female volunteers in Columbia City will work on the Brown and Patridge’s families new home(s). Lowe’s is providing Habitat for Humanity Whitley County a $5,000 Lowe’s store gift card, as well as in-store volunteer training, in support  of this one-day build.

Lowe’s, the underwriter of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, is awarding more than $1.3 million to over 250 Habitat affiliates across the United States during National Women Build Week. Approximately 10,000 female volunteers are expected to build at Habitat for Humanity construction sites during this time.

Habitat’s National Women Build program recruits, educates and inspires women to build decent and affordable homes for low-income families in their communities.

WHEN: Monday May 2nd                                                                              Wednesday May 4th                      
8 a.m. Construction begins                                                          8 a.m. Construction begins
11:45 Remarks and Key photo op                                              11:45 Remarks and Key photo op
5 p.m. Construction ends                                                             5 p.m. Construction ends

·         Mayor Jim Fleck to read National Women Build Proclamation - Wednesday
·         Tom Rethlake, Whitley County Commissioner -Wednesday
·         Mindy Hoffman, 2010 Distinguished Young Woman of Whitley County- Wednesday
·         Sara Goff, President Whitley County Chamber of Commerce- Monday and Wednesday
·         Habitat for Humanity Dottie Cole, Women Build Coordinator, Monday and Wednesday
·         Habitat for Humanity Mary Tobin, Faith and Community Relations- Monday and Wednesday
·         Habitat for Humanity Carl Siler, Executive Director- Wednesday
·         Future Habitat homeowners Brown Family-Monday and Wednesday
·         Future Habitat homeowners Patridge Family- Monday and Wednesday
·         Aaron Murray, Store Manger Lowe’s Lima Road Fort Wayne, IN- Wednesday
·         Female employees Lowes Lima Road Fort Wayne IN, - Wednesday
·         Lake City Roller Dolls- Monday and Wednesday
·         Fort Wayne Derby Girls- Wednesday
·         Chris Bornman, CEO/Owner White Oaks Construction (site supervisor)- Monday and Wednesday

WHERE:               608 and 612 Ellsworth Street, Columbia City, IN
                                US 30 to Line Street (turn south), thru downtown and turn right on Ellsworth

About Habitat for Humanity Whitley County
Founded in 1994, Habitat for Humanity Whitley County, a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is Whitley County's only non-denominational, Christian-principled housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing  in Whitley County. Working in partnership with local churches, businesses, individuals and other non-profit organizations to plan, staff and fund the renovation and building of Habitat homes we have and will continue to serve those in our community in need  of simple, safe, affordable housing. By reaching out to our community in this mission we hope that others will see our faith in action and in turn experience God's love and presence in their lives.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or  improved more than 400,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than two million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education, has brought more than $5 million in grants to K-12 public schools every year since its inception in 2005. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity International  and the American Red Cross. In 2010, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico.  To learn more, visit

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