Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County will host an informational meeting on Saturday, November 16 at 9 a.m. at the Cordata Community Food Co-op’s upstairs community room (315 Westerly Road). The meeting is for community members interested in being involved in their upcoming Women Build project.
The Women Build program was started by Habitat for Humanity International to help women learn construction skills and address poverty in their local communities. Women Build projects are organized by Habitat affiliates across the United States and around the world and have produced thousands of houses worldwide. This will be Habitat Whatcom’s third Women Build project in the county.
Women Build volunteers will be building a home on Leeside Drive in Birch Bay in partnership with future owners Julio and Juana Ortiz and their four children. The home will feature an ultra-energy-efficient design and solar panels donated by Western Solar. Construction is scheduled to begin in early December and most work will take place on Saturdays.
No experience is necessary to be a construction volunteer for Women Build or any other Habitat project. Men are welcome to volunteer on the Women Build as well, but organizers try to keep work crews at least 75 percent female to foster an environment where women feel empowered and encouraged to ask questions, learn skills and take the lead on all aspects of construction.
Attendees at the November 16 meeting will have an opportunity to learn more about Habitat for Humanity and Women Build and to sign up to volunteer on construction, fundraising and leadership aspects of the project.
Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County is a local, self-sustaining affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit ecumenical Christian organization that builds houses for families of all faiths in need of decent, affordable housing.
Families help build their homes and then purchase them with $500 down and a 0 percent interest mortgage. Habitat Whatcom has built 34 homes and housed more than 150 people in Whatcom County.