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SPRINGFIELD, MO (05/09/17) - Habitat For Humanity has started their National Women Build Week.

Though our neighborhoods are largely of women and children, they are also the populations most likely to be affected by poor living conditions.

So volunteers are working under the guidance of construction professionals.

“We’ve got a tremendous week of volunteers. In fact, all of our volunteer slots are filled this week," says executive director Larry Peterson. "This is really exciting!”

Peterson says Habitat is asking women to devote at least one day to help build strength, stability, and shelter for families.

“It’s really nice to have Habitat For Humanity and Lowes empower women to come out here and build and help the community. It feels really good to give back," says volunteer Taylor McKlemurry.

To be able to live in one of the homes Habitat is building your income has to be between 30 and 80 percent of the areas median income. Which the Missouri Economy reports is around $29,500.

If you qualify, then, you will pay a zero interest mortgage and partner up with habitat for humanity to help finish the home.

And just because it’s Womens Build Week doesn't mean that men can't join.

“Yes, men can volunteer," says Peterson. "In fact, if you want to just come out and help and maybe learn a new tool tip to put in your toolbox.”

And volunteering has provided an opportunity for McKlemurry as what she says a way for women to succeed in changing their communities.

“Every nail that comes out means that we’re getting new ones to put in and there’s a family waiting to have this new house," she says.

Since 1991, women have been volunteering for National Women Build Week. And it’s not too late to sign up!

Habitat For Humanity says there are several ways you can get involved:

  • Learn new construction skills needed to effectively contribute to the mission
  • Join other community volunteers and homeowners to build strength and stability through shelter

To volunteer or learn how you can help, go to https://www.habitat.org/volunteer or call toll-free 1-800-HABITAT (1-800-422-4828).

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