Volunteers pitch in for National Women Build Week

Helping out on Women Build Day are (l-r) AmeriCorps member Emily Beck, AmeriCorps member Kerrin Ford, Teresa Cason, AmeriCorps member Adam Grahn, Lynda Schepler, Ruth Sivils, Madeline Robinson, Khara Landon, Stephanie Hartsoe, Sussex Habitat partner family member Theresa Dorrell, Linda Williams, Lowe's representative George Doxzen, Susan Breznak, Suzanne Worrall, Catrina Sharp, AmeriCorps member Jacquie Sanders and Michelle Lessard. SOURCE SUBMITTED
May 23, 2014

Theresa Dorrell, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity partner family member and recipient of this year's Women Build house, volunteered alongside more than 10 women volunteers on a Sussex Habitat construction site in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 3-11.

Now in its seventh year, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to helping build affordable housing in their local communities. The week also spotlights the homeownership challenges faced by women.

George Doxzen, representative from Lowe's in Millsboro, said, "The partnership is a wonderful idea and what impresses me the most is that these women have come to volunteer with Habitat for free! They are eager and enthusiastic to volunteer and help better the life of another woman and her family."

The volunteers worked leveling out gravel, blue boarding the interior of the foundation and installing floor joists in Georgetown Point at 105 Tranquility Lane. Dorrell, the soon-to-be homeowner, was accepted into the program in late December 2013. She is the mother of two daughters, Skylar, age 11, and Summer, age 10. Dorrell works at a local wholesale store and is looking forward to having a safer place to live with her daughters. She looks forward to meeting many people along the way to home ownership and working extra hard on her sweat equity hours. "I am so excited to bring my daughters by and show them the progress from today's work! I can't wait to have my home!" she said while building on site Saturday.

Habitat for Humanity extended thanks to Lowe's for its partnership, the AmeriCorps volunteers who helped lead the build day and David and Christa Brack, who donated lunch for the SCHFH Women Build Day.

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