Hart Habitat set for big weekend

  • The Hartwell Sun
    The Hartwell Sun

The Hart County Habitat  for Humanity’s Women Build, scheduled for Saturday, March 7, is changing locations.
The new build will be at 1024 Mt. Olivet Rd.
Due to inclement weather,   the group was not able to complete the groundwork needed for the planned construction at Craft Road. Instead, the group will assist Kimmie Wright in remodeling her carport into a bedroom for her daughter and her two grandchildren. Wright’s daughter is moving in to help her mother.
“We are going to transform the carport into a bedroom so we can alleviate some of the space issues for them,” Hart County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Darlene Nixon said. “We definitely could still use folks to come out and help if they want to. “
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. The affiliate for this year’s project is the Lowe’s on Clemson Boulevard in Anderson, S.C. Lowe’s is providing a $5,000 grant for the project.
Nixon is encouraging people to help out, even if they don’t have any experience with construction.
“We’ve got some great professionals who are going to be leading the projects. So don’t worry about if you think you don’t know how to do something,” Nixon said. “Come on out and we’ll find something.”
Sign-ups for the Women Build will be at 8:30 a.m. that morning and work will last until 3 p.m. Volunteers will get a T-shirt, nail apron and gloves to take home. Lunch will also be provided for workers.
The Faith Fashion Show will also be this week, on Friday, March 6. It 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 can still take churches to send a model,” Nixon said. “That’s a time for them to talk about their part in the community and just getting people together and getting us excited about what’s going on in our community and what we can do with each other.”
The fashion show will be from 6-8 p.m. at Hart County High School’s Lonnie Burns Fine Arts Center, 59 5th Street in Hartwell. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.
The local Habitat chapter has also selected Gail Blackwell to be the Women Build 2020 Ambassador. Blackwell has spent her life working to improve the Hart County community and embodies all that the Women Build stands for - empowering, supportive and filled with love for all, Nixon said. She recently retired as Hart County Community Resource Coordinator with Ninth District Opportunity and is the full-time minister for Trinity Outreach Center.
“Habitat International wants us to be inclusive with the community and bring different people, especially a strong, community woman,” Nixon said. “We can think of no one better than Gail Blackwell.”