By Tina Alvey
In celebration of national Women Build Week, volunteers from around the region will converge on White Sulphur Springs Saturday morning to help paint two houses in the Summer Elms Development.
A project of Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity, Summer Elms is providing safe, snug homes for families who invest “sweat equity” in their houses. Once the homes are built or renovated, they are sold to the partner families at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage.
Now in its sixth year, Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities.
Saturday’s event in White Sulphur will begin at 9 a.m. with remarks from Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity’s Melissa Berg. Painting will commence at 9:30 and end around 3 p.m.
Volunteers are expected to include Joan Reed, executive director of the Shepherd’s Center in Lewisburg, and Lowe’s Heroes, employees of the home improvement center who volunteer their time and talent in community service. Lowe’s underwrites Habitat’s Women Build program, donating more than $1.75 million to 300 Habitat affiliates across the nation for use in Women Build projects.
For more information or to donate or volunteer, visit www.almostheavenhabitat.org.