MANISTIQUE - Habitat for Humanity HiawathaLand hosted its Third Annual Women Build event in mid-May in Manistique. The project is sponsored by Lowes, which provides a $5,000 grant to work on these projects each year.
There were approximately 33 volunteers during the morning hours and the Building Trades students from Manistique High School came in the afternoon, as well, for a total of at least 50 volunteers for the day. The volunteers included eight women who came over from Paul Mitchell, the School in Escanaba to lend a helping hand. The Building Trades students continued the project by replacing the roof, painting and hanging shutters, and adding additional insulation in the home.
Will Barker of Wausau Homes and Barker Construction in Manistique, volunteered his time as the onsite Construction Supervisor for the day. He taught and supervised the crew that was replacing windows and doors. Andrea Wedegartner also volunteered as a landscaping supervisor that day. She was Habitat's Volunteer of the Year last year.
Staff from Paul Mitchell, the School in Escanaba, were among the dozens of volunteers who took part in the Third Annual Women Build event held in Manistique and hosted by Habitat for Humanity HiawathaLand. The women are: clockwise from bottom center, Brittney Scheall, Allison Belaire, Anne Crittenden, Leslie Walch, Wendy Eckert, Mary Doyen, Abigail Rae, and Bekka Jones.
Big Boy of Manistique provided burgers and fries for lunch for all the volunteers.
The family being served this year consists of a single mom with two pre-school-aged children. The mother works and goes to school. She is in the process of completing her accounting degree through Bay de Noc Community College. Kelli Beaudry, a foster-care worker at the Department of Human Services, was the guest speaker for the day. She spoke of the importance of having a happy and healthy home and the affect that has on children growing up in that home.
The Women Build event is one that requires that 70 percent of the workforce on the job site that day is women. It is designed to empower women and families and is a great opportunity to learn about home maintenance, proper and safe tool use, etc.
Habitat for Humanity HiawathaLand serves Alger, Schoolcraft, Delta, Luce, and West Mackinac Counties.
For more information about this event or other events going on throughout the summer, volunteering, or becoming a Habitat family, visit www.hiawathalandhabitat.com, check out the group's Facebook page at Habitat for Humanity HiawathaLand, or call (906) 341-7437.