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Habitat’s Women Build Week starts Saturday in Schenectady

Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County will kickoff its Women Build Week on April 30.
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Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County will kickoff its Women Build Week on April 30.

The weeklong event, which runs from April 30 to May 8, will bring together more than 20 Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s volunteers to help local families build or repair homes.

The event on Saturday, which is part of Habitat’s National Women Build Week, will be held at one of Habitat for Humanity’s projects at 235 Robinson St. Volunteers will be working from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the location.

Volunteers plan to put up siding and paint the home on Robinson Street in Schenectady for Cristian and Cyd Marie Gonzalez, according to a news release from Schenectady Habitat.

A ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. with local officials including U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, Assembly members Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, and Phil Steck, D-Colonie, and Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy.

The project also supports “Home for the Holidays,” a nationwide initiative launched by Habitat and Lowe’s to work alongside 1,000 families to help them build or repair their homes by December.

Lowe’s donated $2 million to Habitat’s 2016 National Women Build Week and will also conduct how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills.

More than 300 Habitat for Humanity organizations nationwide are expected to host Women Build projects this year.

National Women Build Week invites women to volunteer at least one day to help families build strength, stability and independence through housing. The weeklong event is meant to spotlight homeownership challenges faced by women.

Reach Gazette reporter Haley Viccaro at 395-3114, [email protected] or @HRViccaro on Twitter.

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