July 24, 2014

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National Women Build Week clinic taking place tomorrow

ELYRIA — It’s time to roll up those sleeves and get a little dirty, ladies.

And help people in the process.

Lorain County women are being invited to participate in National Women Build Week, which takes place across the country May 4 through May 12.

For six years, Lowe’s has partnered with Habitat for Humanity during National Women Build Week to build 2,100 homes across the country.

The Lorain County Habitat for Humanity is working with Lowe’s this year on a home in Elyria and possibly another in Lorain, if enough women volunteer. The event takes place today.

Before putting on your overalls, though, there are a few things you need to know.

Volunteers must attend a 40-minute class on painting and trim work Saturday morning at the Lowe’s store on Oak Point Road. After completing the class, you will be given the address of where you need to go to start working.

“Right now, we have 20 to 30 people committed to help,” said Kelly La Rosa, executive director of Lorain County Habitat for Humanity. “If we get a lot more volunteers, there is an alternative site as well.”

The homes receiving work are existing structures that have been donated to the agency.

The 10th Street home in Elyria was donated by a family after their elderly mother could no longer live alone. Habitat has completed electrical work and plastering already, but now it’s time for some paint. Once that is completed, flooring will need to be installed and some aesthetic work will need completed, but then the home will be ready to go to a family.

The home in Lorain was donated by Wells Fargo Bank. It needed foundation work, as well as significant plumbing and drywall. As soon as the home is painted, hint, hint, work can finish up on cabinets and flooring, and the home will be done.

“We are so excited to participate in National Women Build Week,” La Rosa said. “This is a great opportunity for women of all skill levels to come together to help a family in need.”

It’s not just women helping though. The homes could not be completed without the help of a number of generous volunteers, such as KleenWork Construction, which is painting the porch ceiling on the Elyria home and installing gutters on the Lorain home, Open Door Church, and the Lorain County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

Valspar is donating all of the paint and Lowe’s is tinting it for free. In addition, Lowe’s has provided some swag for volunteers, and when the project is completed, the store will donate a $5,000 gift card to Lorain County Habitat for Humanity.

“By having groups come to participate, they learn about the needs in the community,” La Rosa said. “And doing service for the day helps people feel good. It’s a win-win for everybody.”

No construction skills are necessary to participate. To volunteer or donate to this project, call 322-2355.

If you go

  • WHAT: National Women Build Week clinic
  • WHEN: 9 a.m. today WHERE: Lowe’s, Oak Point Road, Lorain
  • FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Lorain County Habitat for Humanity (440) 322-2355

Contact Christina Joliffe at 329-7155 or ctnews@chroniclet.com.