Sea Island Habitat's Women Build goes green (updated)

Image by Nikki SeibertImage by groupshotresized.JPG Three Women Build volunteers help set trusses with last year's homeowner, Leslie Epps-McLemore.

Update May 4:

The sound of hammering filled the air all day as the 9th annual Women Build kicked off its first day on the work site. In less than 8 hours the all women volunteer crew and their supervisors managed to frame and raise all of the walls of the Ramirez family house. Jenny and Cuco Ramirez spent the entire day working side by side with the group and plan to spend the whole week helping finish their home. To see the pictures from the first day, click HERE.

First Reporting:

Habitat for Humanity's National Women Build week (May 2nd-9th) is about empowering women by teaching them construction skills and at Sea Island Habitat it's also about learning how to build a healthy, efficient, and green EarthCraft house. 

This year Sea Island Habitat will be constructing its 10th Women Build house on Johns Island for the Ramirez family. 

Cuco and Jenny Ramirez and their three sons: Matthew (7), Joshua (5) and Sabastian (2) are thrilled about their new home: "We don't have words for how happy we are to own a home with Habitat ... Women Build is helping us build a future for my sons." 

Due to the popularity of this event, all 210 volunteer slots have been filled, with 25-30 women on the work site each day. The themes for the event are as follows: Saturday May 2nd "Kick-off day," Monday May 4th "Hospitality Industry," Tuesday May 5th "Healthcare Industry and Charleston County," Wednesday May 6th "Media Day with First Lady Jenny Sanford," Thursday May 7th "Charleston County," Friday May 8th "Student Day," Saturday May 9th "Mother & Daugher Day".  

Although the volunteer slots are full, the affiliate is still far from reaching its $60,000 goal and in need of donations. If you are interested in donating to this event, visit the Sea Island Habitat for Humanity Web site or call 843-798-0998.

If you are interested in volunteering, the Charleston Habitat affiliate is hosting its first Women Build this year. Visting their event Web site for more information.

Also, I'll be there helping out and reporting back on the progress of the house for TheDigitel.