MCKINNEY — North Collin County Habitat for Humanity and the Perkins family will work alongside Lowe’s volunteers and all-female construction crews for Habitat for Humanity’s 10th annual National Women Build Week, May 6-14. Habitat’s National Women Build Week invites women to help make a difference and devote at least one day to help build decent and affordable housing in their local communities.


More than 17,000 women, including Lowe’s Heroes volunteers, are expected to volunteer at construction sites across the country as part of Habitat’s 2017 National Women Build Week.


“One of the many ways NCC Habitat empowers women, beyond first time home ownership, is the ability and confidence to build and later repair their home,” Celeste H. Cox, chief executive officer for NCC Habitat, said in a press release. “We enjoy bringing women together to build homes and hope, and are grateful to Lowe’s for partnering with us to help make this possible.”


In McKinney, volunteers will be decking the roof of a new build at Throckmorton. Collin County and City of McKinney officials will also kick off the event. Also working that day will be a group of women from the Church of Latter Day Saints, which has been a part of North Collin County Habitat for Humanity’s volunteer team every year since it began these events. Additionally, NCC Habitat is also looking forward to a team of women volunteers from Texas Republic Bank who will join the construction.


Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008 to empower women to advocate for affordable housing and spotlight the homeownership challenges faced by many. Each year, Lowe’s provides the support of their employee volunteers, Lowe’s Heroes, and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills so they can feel equipped to take part in the builds. Lowe’s Heroes will be among more than 50 volunteers joining to help build decent, affordable housing in the McKinney area as part of National Women Build Week.


“Through our partnership with Habitat and support of National Women Build Week, Lowe’s empowers women to get involved in their communities, learn construction skills and make a meaningful impact,” James Frison, Lowe’s director of community relations, said in a statement. “We’re grateful to all the women in McKinney who will volunteer this week to help build and repair decent and affordable housing.”


Lowe’s donated nearly $2 million to this year’s National Women Build Week, including a $5,000 store gift card to NCC Habitat. Since 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat’s mission and helped more than 6,500 families improve their living conditions.


Habitat’s first Women Build event was held in 1998. Since then, all-women construction crews have helped build more than 2,500 homes in partnership with families.


For more information on Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program and to learn about Women Build events in communities across the U.S. year-round, visit Habitat.org/wb.