“Serving as Honorary chair for the 2016 Women Build is a job that instills pride in creating an indelible imprint for a Habitat family. It is certainly a project of heart and home,” said Roodman. “I love that the Women Build empowers women to take action and make a difference in our community, as well as ‘nail’ a new skill set!”

The Women Build invites women from all walks of life to devote at least one day to help families build strength, stability and independence through housing. The program is meant to spotlight the homeownership challenges faced by women.

“We have several openings for volunteer groups of five to 30 women throughout the home build, which is set to be completed in mid-June,” said Ann Felton Gilliland, CEO and Chairman, Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity. “No experience necessary. We teach you the construction skills needed to get the job done!”

“By working together, we will lay a firm foundation and cement our investment in improving the lives of others in OKC,” said Roodman.

Those who want to support the cause, but are unable to volunteer their time can make a monetary donation online at COHFH.org, or donate new or “gently used” household items at the downtown and south Oklahoma City Central Oklahoma Habitat ReStores.

Once home construction is complete, a house dedication ceremony will be held for Maria Wright and her three children. Wright will work alongside the volunteers building the home for a total of 300 sweat equity hours. Like all Habitat partner families, she will make mortgage payments with zero percent interest to purchase the home at cost.

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About Women Build

Central Oklahoma Habitat adopted the national Women Build program more than a decade ago. The Women Build program started in 1991 in Charlotte, N.C. and has grown across international borders. The program empowers women everywhere who want to learn construction skills and build affordable homes, while addressing the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide.

National Women Build Week

This year more than 17,000 women from across the country are expected to volunteer at Habitat construction sites during National Women Build Week. The event created by the Women Build program is held the week leading up to Mother’s Day in 325 communities. Women from all walks of life are invited to volunteer at least one day to help families build strength, stability and independence through housing. The week is meant to spotlight the homeownership challenges faced by women.