Women Build Week        March 8-14

Monday, March 8, kicks off a design competition, “Women Think Outside the Box." The best simple idea to reduce cost or increase energy efficiency on our next house build, will win a $100 gift card from Lowe’s. Click here for more information and how to enter.

Tuesday, March 9, 7-8pm—Carol Jacobsen, an engineer, architectural designer and executive board member of Mitchell-Yancey Habitat, will give a presentation “How Does a Woman Build a House?” She will show the stages of house construction, discuss common construction terms, highlight the tools used on the jobsite and cover important safety precautions.

The intention is to give women and girls who have an interest in house building an opportunity to learn about it in a fun way.  Women often lack even the most basic knowledge of skills and tools on the construction site. That creates a shyness about joining in. We want to generate interest in construction, demystify the environment, and encourage women to learn more about it so that they will want to participate in future Habitat volunteer crews. 

The session is not limited to women and welcomes everyone interested in learning more about the house building process.

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The presentation will be streamed live from our Facebook page:
Mitchell-Yancey Habitat for Humanity | Facebook

Thursday March 11, 10-11am,  Mitchell-Yancey Habitat for Humanity hosts a community forum on Habitat’s Cost of Home advocacy campaign.

Cost of Home is a five-year campaign through which local Habitat organizations, partners, volunteers and community members across the country are working to increase access to an affordable home.

In North Carolina, 1 in 8 families currently spend half or more of their income on a place to live. This often means foregoing basic necessities such as food and health care to make ends meet. The stability that housing should bring continues to remain out of reach for many people.

The Cost of Home campaign focuses on improving home affordability by identifying and improving policies at the local, state and federal levels. The program seeks to improve affordability in four areas: increase supply and preservation of affordable homes, increase access to credit, optimize land use for affordable homes, and ensure access to and development of communities of opportunity.

Sara Thompson, a representative from Habitat North Carolina will talk more about the Cost of Home campaign, and participants will be welcome to ask questions and to discuss local opportunities and initiatives to expand access to affordable housing in our area. 

To learn more about Cost of Home, visit the Habitat for Humanity website: www.habitat.org/costofhome.  

Volunteer with Habitat!

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Sunday, March 14, 4-5pm — A Facebook meeting, “A Women Can Help Build a Home for a Family,” about volunteering with Habitat.  Jeremy Johnson, the Construction Manager for Mitchell-Yancey Habitat for Humanity, and others will talk about the benefits of volunteering, the different skills needed and the jobs that are available.  How a volunteer day works and how volunteer groups organize and communicate will be discussed. There will be time for questions from participants and an opportunity to sign on as a volunteer.  All are welcome.

Women Build

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Women Build started in 1991, when a group of women in Charlotte, N.C., completed the first women-built Habitat for Humanity house.  Since 1998 Women Build has been an official Habitat for Humanity initiative, sponsored by Lowe’s.
Women Build is women building, investing and advocating for simple, decent and affordable housing.  These events provide the opportunity for women to take a proactive step in serving their communities. Coming together to address safe, affordable housing for themselves, their families, and their neighbors, women can build stronger communities.  
Mitchell-Yancey Habitat for Humanity
563 Oak Avenue

Spruce Pine, NC 28777
(828) 766-9000
mitchell.yancey.hfh@gmail.com

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