Mary Tutwiler

Girl power built the house

by Mary Tutwiler

This week, Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s are calling all hammer welding women to help finish up the dozen houses Habitat is building in Kaplan. Part of a national campaign dubbed National Women Build Week , the non-profit and the building supply store have designated May 4-10 a week of empowerment for women. “Women Build is an opportunity for women to learn some construction skills then go out on the sites and build as a team,” says Maureen Rich, spokesperson for Lowe’s. “What better week than Mother’s Day week, when mothers and daughters can work side by side and accomplish something as meaningful as building a house.” There will be a broad cross section of women from Acadiana participating. Lowe’s employees,  members of the UL AmeriCorps team, the Acadian Home Builders Association Women’s Council, and Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners and representatives from the cities of Abbeville and Kaplan will operate everything from a nail gun to a cat’s paw crowbar. To lend a hand, call the Lafayette Habitat for Humanity at 261-5041, or email [email protected]