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Women Build Week Bolstered Manatee Habitat

habitatlowesetcMany hands make light work, and that was the case during this month’s Women Build Week for Manatee Habitat. Also evident was the collaborative efforts of experienced and new volunteers, community leaders and the media who embraced this event.

“Thank You” to the 40 or more volunteers who came out each work day during the National Women Build Week May 6-14 and a special thanks to our outstanding women leaders for their support. Dr. Diana Greene, Dr. Carol Probstfeld, Chief Melanie Bevan, Commissioner Betsy Benac, Angel Colonneso and Capt. Yvonne Ingersoll all came out to work alongside Brittany Holley, the Habitat home buyer pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at SCF. What a power house of mentors Brittany has now! This week was about women coming together to learn, build and advocate for affordable housing in our community.

A big “Thank You” to central Bradenton Lowes who brought out 10 Lowe’s Heroes to help build. Thanks Amber Ray, HR manager, and Mike Kunst, assistant store manager. This is the 10th year that Lowes has sponsored the National Women Build Week with Habitat for Humanity. They also offered training clinics on painting, power tools and construction material to get ready for this event.

The Women Build and other Habitat houses will be under construction in Bradenton for several months, and they will benefit from new volunteers and new energy this event created. Helping build a house that will change a family’s future is building more than walls and windows. Want to get involved? Learn how at manateehabitat.org.

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Women Flex their Muscles at Habitat for Humanity Build Event

By James A. Jones Jr.

Bradenton - Brittany Holley climbed all over the building site Thursday, stapling moisture barrier onto window and door casings, drilling holes into the concrete foundation to attach temporary wall supports, toting building materials and fetching supplies.

Through it all, a smile lit up her face, knowing that she was helping build the Habitat for Humanity house that she and her three children will move into in a few months.

She also smiled at the sight of 30 or so volunteers converging on the 2200 block of 10th Street West to help during National Women Build Week.

“Today I started off drilling here, just to make sure this wall is stable. I have been putting down some foam blocks. I was drilling rebar. This is an awesome stress reliever right here, hammering staples in. This is just to make sure the water from the concrete doesn’t mess up the wood or anything,” Holley said. “I ran over there to the other Habitat house where I was painting a little bit. Anywhere I can help, anywhere I can get in, I am here and ready to work.”

Thursday’s volunteer workforce included a number of heavy hitters, including Carol Probstfeld, president of State College of Florida; County Commissioner Betsy Benac; Bradenton Police Chief Melanie Bevan; schools Superintendent Diana Greene; and Angel Colonneso, Manatee County clerk of the circuit court.

“This is a whole new experience, I am excited by it,” Probstfeld said.

One of her first jobs was helping install a window casing. She mused that maybe it wouldn’t be a bad thing for everyone to help build their own house.

Kathy Shjarback served as crew leader for the women build.

“This is my third women build. I have helped build more than 50 houses,” Shjarback said. “I love to see families get a chance to do well. Most of the homeowners learn how to maintain their home, and to take pride in it.”

Mike Kunst, an assistant store manager for Lowe’s, said he was learning new things, too, at Thursday’s build.

“I have never seen the plastic foam forms used before. It’s pretty interesting seeing how they go up,” Kunst said.

The molds, also called insulated concrete forms, were stacked and leveled by volunteers. Later, concrete will be poured into them. The walls will eventually be covered by drywall on the interior and siding on the exterior, helping produce a strong structure that helps keep energy bills low.

Amy Van Dell, resource development manager for Manatee County Habitat for Humanity, said the insulated concrete form makes for a low-maintenance, energy-efficient home.

Jim Crouse, a Lakewood Ranch resident who has been a Habitat volunteer for 10 years, called the women build event a lot of fun. He appreciated seeing all the volunteers swarming over the construction site.

Volunteers Thursday were working on an attached villa, which will house two families, starting in September when construction is completed, Van Dell said.

Lowe’s donated $2 million to Habitat’s 2017 National Women Build Week. For more information about Manatee County Habitat for Humanity, visit manateehabitat.org.

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Manatee County Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's team up for 10th Annual National Women Build Week

Brittany Holley future Habitat Homeowner with Police Chief Melanie Bevan and Dr

Bradenton, FL (April 19, 2017) – Manatee County Habitat for Humanity and Brittany Holley, the future Habitat homeowner will work alongside Lowe’s volunteers and all-female construction crews for Habitat for Humanity’s 10th annual National Women Build Week, May 6-14. Habitat’s National Women Build Week invites women to help make a difference and devote at least one day to help build decent and affordable housing in their local communities.

More than 17,000 women, including Lowe’s Heroes volunteers, are expected to volunteer at construction sites across the country as part of Habitat’s 2017 National Women Build Week.

Chief Melanie Bevan of the Bradenton Police Department and Dr. Carol Probstfeld, President of State College of Florida will be working on the house with Brittany on Thursday, May 11th. “We are pleased to have these two remarkable women supporting our Women Build 2017 and coming out to help build,” said Diana Shoemaker, Manatee Habitat Executive Director.

In Bradenton volunteers will work to install the ICF (Insulated Concrete Form) Block walls of the exterior of the house. This is the third time Manatee Habitat has held a Women Build and the first time in the City of Bradenton. Several women leaders in the community have plans to come out during this week including the Superintendent of Manatee County Schools, Diana Greene and the first female Clerk of the Court, Angel Colonneso. Kathy Shjarback, Habitat’s Women Build Team Leader has worked on the two previous Women Builds and looks forward to this one. “We have a lot of fun and everyone can learn something new and help build a house that will be sustainable for Brittany’s family,” Kathy said.

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. Each year, Lowe’s provides the support of their employee volunteers, Lowe’s Heroes, and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills so they can feel equipped to take part in the builds. Lowe’s Heroes will be among more than twenty volunteers joining to help build decent, affordable housing in the Bradenton as part of National Women “Through our partnership with Habitat and support of National Women Build Week, Lowe’s empowers women to get involved in their communities, learn construction skills and make a meaningful impact,” said James Frison, Lowe’s director of community relations. “We’re grateful to all the women in Manatee County who will volunteer this week to help build and repair decent and affordable housing.” Lowe’s donated nearly $2 million to this year’s National Women Build Week, including a $5,000 store gift card to Manatee County Habitat for Humanity. Since 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat’s mission and helped more than 6,500 families improve their living conditions.

Habitat’s first Women Build event was held in 1998. Since then, all-women construction crews have helped build more than 2,500 homes in partnership with families.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program and to learn about Women Build events in communities across the U.S. year-round, visit Habitat.org/wb.

Lowes LogoAbout 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 began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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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

BY CLAIRE ARONSON / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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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