This spring more than 10,000 women will volunteer at Habitat for Humanity construction sites across the country in recognition of National Women Build Week. Now in its eighth year, Habitat’s National Women Build empowers women to take the hammer and take the lead to help lower-income families in their own community purchase safe, affordable housing.

Locally, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson and Maury Counties (HFHWM) will be raising the walls on its sixth annual Women Build home on April 18th, 2015  in Fairview, TN. Volunteers will be building for single mother Jennifer Aric and her nine children. Jennifer is the caregiver for seven of her children who still live at home, including a son and daughter who each have a disability.

This year a group of Westhaven residents have joined together to form the WesthavenWomen for Women Build with the goal of providing enough volunteers and monetary support to sponsor 1 of the 10 build days. The group has already raised $3,225 of their $7,000 goal through the fundraising efforts of 30 volunteers and two generous $1000 donations.

“Southern Land Company is happy to support the efforts of our Westhaven Residents and the Westhaven Foundation in the Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury Women’s Build effort. Generosity is one of our core values and we welcome the opportunity to give back to the community along with the residents of one of our communities.”  says Tim Downey, CEO of Southern Land Company.

“We were delighted that so many residents of Westhaven have joined us for our 2015 Women Build for the Aric family. So far 25 women have joined the online giving team with a goal to raise $7,000 and they are about halfway there! This group of go-getters is setting the bar high for the other participants, bringing a lot of energy and heart to the build. We cannot thank them enough!” stated Kim Randell, Director of Development of Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury

“Our Westhaven team of 30 women is very excited to be part of this year’s Women Build and feel privileged to be able to help build Jennifer’s new home for her and her children. As team captain, I want to extend extreme gratitude to both Southern Land and the Westhaven Foundation for supporting our effort. Their sponsorship embodies the giving spirit and commitment to community that permeate Westhaven. I am both humbled and proud to live in such a community.”  says Dana Hardy, Westhaven Resident and Team Captain of the WesthavenWomen for Women Build

There is still time for other neighborhood or civic groups or individual volunteers to sign up to support the Women Build. Learn more about volunteering, homeownership, and sponsorship at Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury County Facebook page.

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