By SHERI GASSAWAY
Wentzville, MO – A group of about 20 UAW Local 2250 Women’s Committee members wearing hard hats, safety glasses and tool belts endured hours in the heat to ensure one deserving family has a decent, safe and affordable place to live in the St. Charles County area.
On Sept. 5, the sisters, along with a few brothers, installed siding, soffit and fascia, a foundation barrier and HVAC on a Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County Women Build home in Wentzville.
Women Build works in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County and Habitat for Humanity International. The Women Build model engages female volunteers of any skill level to fundraise and learn new skills while building on a Habitat construction site.
Local 2250 Women’s Committee Chair Kim Cook Bell said the program is an incredible opportunity for UAW sisters to help women and families rise above circumstances that they may have faced with a better future. The group has been participating in the program for several years.
“This program helps our community with homeownership opportunities and the security of affordable housing in these uncertain times,” she said. “We are blessed as UAW members, and we are always looking for opportunities to help women, children and families.”
In the Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles Women Build program, women provide volunteer labor for an entire house build, including everything from raising money for materials to hoisting the first wall to final landscaping touches. The emphasis is to concentrate the talents and resources of women who want to contribute to a meaningful change in their community.
The program, which reaches across boundaries of gender, race and class, supports the efforts of Habitat for Humanity to eliminate substandard housing. It brings together women from all walks of life to address the housing crisis facing millions worldwide. No experience is necessary and on-the-job training is available.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County believes that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. The organization builds and repairs houses in St. Charles County using volunteer labor and donations. Partner families buy the homes through no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans and complete a minimum of 350 sweat equity hours. For more information, call 636-978-5712 or visit habitatstcharles.org.