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Women work together on ‘Build of Dreams’

Here’s a scene from day two of last year’s Women Build project at 816 Thomas Drive in Alexandria. (Contributed)

By Kelli Wendel


Hammers and hard hats; laughter and love; sweat and tears.

Not all of these are things most dreams are made of.

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But during Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County’s (HFHDC) first Women Build in 2012, organizers say those things came together to make a family’s dream of homeownership come true.

More than 300 women joined forces to build and fund a Habitat home.

In 2014, the Build of Dreams will be back, and women throughout Douglas County are invited to help change the life of a family forever by joining in the fun and fellowship.

Teams consisting of eight to 10 women are currently being formed to help with funding and building a home for a family in need.

The teams will raise funds to pay for the construction of the home, as well as provide team members who will be willing to volunteer on the construction site.

Organizers say there are roles for all ages and abilities of women. Team members can participate as construction volunteers, site hostess, and fundraising/advocacy.

“Our first Women Build exceeded our expectations,” said Kelli Wendel, HFHDC development director. “To see so many women take on the challenge of building and funding a home to help a family was something special. To see these women get to know each other and develop a stronger sense of community in the process was an even bigger bonus.”

Plans are just getting under way for the Women Build taking place next summer. There will be a kick-off event on Thursday, October 3. The social begins at 6 p.m. in the Meadows Conference Room at Tastefully Simple, with an information session at 6:30 p.m.

Attendees are asked to park in the west parking lot and follow the signage toward the warehouse door.

Women will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about how they can start their own team or take part on their own. Individuals can sign up for a team that evening, or take information to think over.

There will be appetizers, as well as an opportunity to socialize with a group of women who are helping to make a difference in our community.

Habitat staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions.

Women interested in learning more are encouraged to come for the kick-off. For those who are not able to attend, but want more information, contact Wendel at (320) 762-4255.

“It is our hope that women will be excited about making a real and lasting difference in the life of a family and will share that excitement with their family and friends,” said Wendel. “So many of those who took part last time continue to share their experience and comment on how touched they were to be able to make a difference. We want to see even more people have an opportunity to experience this kind of joy as they reach out and open their hearts in this way.”