Women Leaders, Manatee County Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s team up to build a home for Habitat’s 10th annual National Women Build Week in Bradenton
Bradenton, FL (May 3, 2017) – Several notable Manatee women and Lowe’s Heroes will be among more than twenty volunteers to join Manatee County Habitat for Humanity to build decent and affordable housing as part of Habitat for Humanity’s 10th annual National Women Build Week, May 6-14. Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008 to empower women to advocate for affordable housing and spotlight the homeownership challenges faced by many. Women are invited to devote at least one day to help families build decent and affordable housing in their local communities. This year, more than 17,000 women including Lowe’s Heroes volunteers from across the country, are expected to volunteer at construction sites as part of Habitat’s 2017 National Women Build Week.
Lowe’s donated $2 million to Habitat’s 2017 National Women Build Week and will provide the support of Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers to more than 300 Habitat locations hosting National Women Build Week activities this year.
WHAT: Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s Heroes celebrating National Women Build Week will raise the ICF Block Walls (Insulated Concrete Form) of the exterior of the house.
WHEN: Work will start at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 11th and continue until 12:00 noon.
WHERE: The Habitat home is being built at 2214 10th St. West in Bradenton. There is parking along 10th St. West and 23rd Ave. West.
WHO: Several women leaders supporting the Women Build will attend including:
- Chief Melanie Bevan of the Bradenton Police Department
- Dr. Carol Probstfeld, President of State College of Florida
- Betsy Benac, Chairwoman of Manatee County Board of Commissioners
- Diana Greene, Superintendent of Manatee County Schools
- Angel Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court
About Manatee County Habitat for Humanity
Manatee County Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical, volunteer-based organization with the mission to develop resources, educate and mobilize people to work alongside families in need, rehabilitating existing homes and building sustainable, affordable homes, thereby improving the quality of life in Manatee County. For more information about Manatee Habitat visit www.manateehabitat.org.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity has grown from a grassroots effort that began on a community farm in southern Georgia in 1976 to a global nonprofit housing organization in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries. People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.
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 nearly $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.
A volunteer of the Women Build 2013 cuts the ICF Block for the exterior walls of a Habitat home in Hope Landing in Ellenton.
This Earth Day, Manatee County Habitat for Humanity looks to encourage more ‘green’ homes
MANATEE - Cheryl Roth, a Manatee County Habitat for Humanity homeowner, describes living in a sustainable home as heaven.
Since July 2012, Roth, 56, and Terrill Symons, 69, have called the Hope Landing neighborhood in Ellenton home. Their house, which has solar panels on the roof as well as solar hot water, was the first residential home in Manatee County to receive the United States Green Build Council’s LEED Platinum certification.
“You are not house poor,” Roth said on a recent afternoon. “You are not spending all your money on your home. It’s energy efficient. It’s cost efficient. It doesn’t make you go crazy. There are a lot less things to worry about.”
Roth and Symons’ experience living in one of Habitat’s 25 sustainable homes in Manatee is something the nonprofit wants to highlight this Earth Day, April 22. For these families, expenses such as electricity are lower thanks to the sustainable homes.
“These people don’t have disposable income to put aside for maintenance of home,” said Bruce Winter, Manatee County Habitat for Humanity director of construction. “If we can do it for a low-income family, why isn’t it being done for everyone?”
While the extra materials to build a sustainable home may be a little more costly, the savings on electricity alone is $48 per month, according to Winter.
“We invite everyone in the community to come do it,” he said.
Sustainable, or “green,” building is constructing homes that are “efficient and durable, that use less resources, are healthy to live in and are affordable,” Habitat for Humanity materials state.
“The benefits of green homes for Habitat homeowners are many, and include saving money on utilities, hurricane protection and improve air quality,” the materials state.
Prior to living in their Habitat home, Roth and Symons were living in a trailer park in Palmetto where the electricity bill was $110 a month. Now, the monthly electricity bill averages $30.
“It’s just a gift from God,” Roth said. “I’m not real religious, but you saw God opened up doors to get in here.”
Symons regularly logs onto his laptop to check how efficiently the solar panels are working. Being green is not something new for him, as 30 years ago he put a solar panel on a school bus in California.
“I’ve been interested in this my whole life,” he said. “I’m into it. I believe in it. I vote for it.”
Manatee County Habitat for Humanity executive director Diana Shoemaker said she thinks they have a successful model for building affordable homes.
“It’s going to help our homeowner, but it’s going to help county with longevity of houses,” she said. “I think it is really about the outcome. This is an outcome that changes quality of life for community. We are hoping we are creating a model that really sustains itself in the community. We are getting good feedback on what we are doing.”
Claire Aronson: 941-745-7024, @Claire_Aronson
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