Habitat for Humanity to host Women Build event

  • The Hartwell Sun
    The Hartwell Sun

Hart County Habitat for Humanity will host a Women Build Weekend with a Women Build community outreach project on Saturday, March 7 and a Women Build Faith Fashion Show on Friday, March 6.
Women Build is a national Habitat for Humanity project that is sponsored by Lowe’s Home Improvement store. Local affiliates select a new construction or repair project for a family. This year’s project’s affiliate is the Lowe’s on Clemson Boulevard in Anderson, S.C. Lowe’s is providing a $5,000 grant for the project.
“The project that we decided to is with Mt. Olivet Baptist Church. They came across a family in Hart County that has their own acre of land, but they do not have the means to build a house or shelter,” Hart County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Darlene Nixon said. “We are going to help build a combination washhouse/laundry house and maybe even a cooking area for this family.”
Nixon would like the majority of the participants to be women for the building project.
“Women build is an empowering program to show that women are capable and can make a difference on the construction site,” Nixon said.
Nixon said they want the women who are participating to get $10 sponsorships from 10 people. Lunch, t-shirts and a goody bag will be provided for the participants. The work site will be at 535 Craft Road in Hartwell.
The Faith Fashion Show allows the churches in Hart County to pay $25 per model for up to two models for the show. The churches select a member of their church to participate in the fashion show and tell about what their church is doing in the community. There will also be entertainment between the models.
“We wanted to do a fashion show again and because we are doing this outreach program with a family that’s not a selected Habitat for Humanity family, we are using the fashion show to partner with churches and raise a little extra money for the Yolanda Feaster family that we do have selected, but we don’t have everything ready to actually build her home yet.”
Feaster is a current Hart County resident who is confined to a wheelchair due to an amputation to her leg., Nixon said. Habitat wants to build her a handicap-accessible home for her.
The fashion show will be from 6-8 p.m. at the Hart County High School Fine Arts Center. Tickets will be $8 for adults and $5 for students. HCHS is at 59 5th Street in Hartwell.