Women Volunteers Help Qualify For $5K From Lowe’s

Volunteers gather today to work on the Habitat For Humanity home under construction at 3564 Questa in Los Alamos. Courtesy Photo
New home recipient Ivette Jimenez, left, and local Habitat For Humanity Board Treasurer Nicole Brown in front of the new home under construction today at 3564 Questa St. Photo By KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos Daily Post

Women flocked to the Habitat For Humanity home under construction today at 3564 Questa St., to participate in the National Women Build Week. Because at least 25 women volunteered to work on the home construction today, Lowe’s will donate $5,000 in Lowe’s cash.

“We had at least 80 people show up this morning and most of them were women,” said Nicole Brown, local Habitat For Humanity Board Treasurer. “We had 50 t-shirts to give to women and handed them all out at 9 a.m. this morning, it was a great turnout.” 

Today’s construction goals were to build a retaining wall and apply underlayment and metal flashing to the roof of the new two bedroom, one bath home.

Yvette Jimenez and her young son are the recipients of the Habitat For Humanities home. Several years ago she was a work study student for Bonnie Gordon who worked in marketing at UNM-Los Alamos. She credits Gordon for encouraging her to apply for a home through Habitat for Humanity.

Yvette Jimenez and her son. Courtesy photo

“It’s still hard to believe,” Jimenez said. “I’ve been here every weekend and most evenings with my son and it’s still hard to believe this is happening.”

Rotary Stars provided lunch today for the volunteers, Smith’s donated ham and cheese and Los Alamos National Bank supplied free copies of waiver forms. 

“It’s been a great community effort today,” Brown said. “The construction started April 16 and happens every week on Friday and Saturday. Volunteers just need to show up. They should wear sunscreen, close toed shoes, bring a water bottle and be at least 16 years old.”

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Women volunteers apply metal flashing today to the roof of the home on Questa Street as general contractor Stan Primak, right, oversees the work. Courtesy Photo

Habitat For Humanity volunteers help neighbor Sue Barthel-Dummer, right, repair her shed today as part of the Brush With Kindness program, which reaches out to neighbors in need. I have M.S and haven’t been able to get any of this work done … my husband died and I’m out of money. This help today feels wonderful,Barthel-Dummer said. Photo By KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Several volunteers work on a retaining wall at 3564 Questa while others remove debris and repair a shed for the neighbor next door through Habitat For Humanity’s Brush With Kindness program, which helps neighbors in need. Photo By KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

National Women Build Week and Habitat For Humanity drew many women out today to help with the local building project. Photo By KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com