Letters to the Editor

Women Build Week bolstered Manatee Habitat

Up goes a casing for a door at a Habitat for Humanity construction site on May 11, 2017, in Manatee County.
Up goes a casing for a door at a Habitat for Humanity construction site on May 11, 2017, in Manatee County. jajones1@bradenton.com

Many hands make light work, and that was the case during this month’s Women Build Week for Manatee Habitat. Also evident was the collaborative efforts of experienced and new volunteers, community leaders and the media who embraced this event.

“Thank You” to the 40 or more volunteers who came out each work day during the National Women Build Week May 6-14 and a special thanks to our outstanding women leaders for their support. Dr. Diana Greene, Dr. Carol Probstfeld, Chief Melanie Bevan, Commissioner Betsy Benac, Angel Colonneso and Capt. Yvonne Ingersoll all came out to work alongside Brittany Holley, the Habitat home buyer pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at SCF. What a power house of mentors Brittany has now! This week was about women coming together to learn, build and advocate for affordable housing in our community.

A big “Thank You” to central Bradenton Lowes who brought out 10 Lowe’s Heroes to help build. Thanks Amber Ray, HR manager, and Mike Kunst, assistant store manager. This is the 10th year that Lowes has sponsored the National Women Build Week with Habitat for Humanity. They also offered training clinics on painting, power tools and construction material to get ready for this event.

The Women Build and other Habitat houses will be under construction in Bradenton for several months, and they will benefit from new volunteers and new energy this event created. Helping build a house that will change a family’s future is building more than walls and windows. Want to get involved? Learn how at manateehabitat.org.

Amy Van Dell

Bradenton

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