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Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's Challenge Women Volunteers to Build Houses During National Mother's
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 22, 2009

Recording artist Trisha Yearwood joins effort to build houses with low-income families during National Women Build Week

MASON TEXAS, APRIL 20, 2009 – In the days leading up to Mother’s Day, construction crews of women volunteers, including recording artist Trisha Yearwood, will be pounding nails and raising walls at Habitat for Humanity construction sites across the country in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 2 - 10. Lowe’s and Mason County Habitat for Humanity are looking for local women volunteers to work one day on a Mason Habitat construction site during the nine-day event. Construction or home improvement experience is not necessary.

Yearwood is helping launch National Women Build Week, building with women volunteers in her adopted hometown of Tulsa, Okla. Yearwood will wrap up the final weekend of the event building with women volunteers in Atlanta, near her hometown of Monticello, Ga. Across all 50 states, more than 7,000 women volunteers are expected to build at more than 200 Habitat for Humanity construction sites.

Developed through the partnership between Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to the effort to eliminate poverty housing. The event is an initiative of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, underwritten by Lowe’s, which brings women from all walks of life together to learn construction skills and then use those skills to build simple, decent affordable houses.

The Mother’s Day timeframe was selected for its significance to many volunteers, as families with children make up a staggering number of those in need of adequate housing: more than 12 million children – one in six — live in poverty housing in the United States alone. To date, women volunteers have built more than 1,400 Habitat houses nationwide. This is the first Women Build event for Mason County Habitat for Humanity …and the affiliate is truly excited to be a participant!

Lowe’s is committing $875,000 to National Women Build Week, providing $5,000 grants and event support materials to 175 Habitat affiliates. This is a major initiative of Lowe’s renewed five-year, $20 million pledge to Habitat. That commitment includes underwriting of the Women Build program, as well as providing construction know-how at in-store clinics and build sites, and funding for a variety of Habitat projects across the country.

To volunteer or donate to this project, please call Mason County Habitat for Humanity at 325-347-9591, email masoncountyhfh@yahoo.com or visit www.masonhabitat.org

About Mason County Habitat for Humanity

With the goal to build one house per year, this small rural affiliate will soon finish the seventh house in just over seven years! Mason County Habitat attributes this success to the outstanding support and generosity of the community, to provide decent, affordable housing, in partnership with those in need.

About Lowe’s

Lowe’s is a proud supporter of Habitat for Humanity International, American Red Cross, United Way of America, and the Home Safety Council, in addition to numerous non-profit organizations and programs that help communities across the country. In 2008, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $25 million to support community and education projects in the United States and Canada. Lowe’s also encourages volunteerism through the Lowe’s Heroes program, a company-wide employee volunteer initiative. Lowe’s is a FORTUNE® 50 company with fiscal year 2008 sales of $48.2 billion and has more than 1,650 stores in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit Lowes.com/community.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.

Contacts:Pat Hrdlicka, Mason CountyHabitat for Humanity, 325-347-9591, masoncountyhfh@yahoo.com

Maureen Rich, Lowe’s Companies, Inc., 704-758-2298, Maureen.A.Rich@lowes.com

Tami Griffin, Habitat for Humanity International, 404-695-3274, TAGriffin@habitat.org

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