Approximately 30 volunteered this week including Lowe\u2019s Heroes employee volunteers, on an Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity construction site in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 3-11.\r\n\r\nNow in its seventh year, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities. The week also spotlights the homeownership challenges faced by women.\r\n\r\n\u201cHabitat for Humanity\u2019s Women Build just makes good sense, the program recruits, educates and inspires women to build and advocate for simple, decent and affordable housing in their community!\u201d said Lisa L. Circle, Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity and local Real Estate Sales Agent.\r\n\r\nThe volunteers worked to build interior walls for the sixth of seven homes that will make up Summer Elms Town House Development on Tuckahoe Road in White Sulphur Springs.\r\n\r\nLowe\u2019s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008 and each year provides the support of Lowe\u2019s Heroes and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills. Lowe\u2019s donated $1.75 million to this year\u2019s National Women Build Week, including a $5,000 store gift card to Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity, as part of a new five-year partnership with Habitat that will bring Lowe\u2019s total contributions to more than $63 million since 2003. In celebration of this renewed partnership, Lowe\u2019s and Habitat launched Hammers for Habitat, a volunteer initiative inviting men and women across America to give one day to help make the dream of homeownership a reality for a family in their community. To learn more, visit Habitat.org\/Lowes.\r\n\r\n\u201cAs part of National Women Build Week, we\u2019re encouraging women across America to raise a hammer to help create safe and affordable housing in partnership with local families,\u201d said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe\u2019s director of community relations. \u201cWe thank our Lowe\u2019s Heroes and the thousands of volunteers who will help strengthen communities throughout the country this week.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe U.S. Census Bureau reports more than 16.1 million children are living in poverty in the United States. Nearly 24 percent of children reside with women heads-of-household. In Greenbrier County more than 19 percent of families are in need of affordable housing.\r\n\r\nHabitat\u2019s Women Build program recruits, educates and inspires women to build and advocate for simple, decent and affordable homes in their communities. Since the program was created in 1998, more than 2,200 homes have been built in partnership with low-income families using Women Build crews. More than 52,000 women from all 50 states have volunteered at the six previous Women Build Week events.\r\n\r\nFor more information on Habitat for Humanity\u2019s Women Build program, and to learn about Women Build projects in communities across the U.S., visit Habitat.org\/wb or the National Women Build Week tab on http:\/\/www.facebook.com\/habitat.\r\n\r\nLowe\u2019s, a FORTUNE 100 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects.\u00a0 Since 2007, Lowe\u2019s and the Lowe\u2019s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $200 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe\u2019s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com\/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.