Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity hosts Women Build project in Springville

Serve Daily - - COMMUNITY - Me­gan Wall­gren for Serve Daily SPRINGVILLE

— Char­ity home­builder Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity will be spon­sor- ing a home built by vol­un­teer women in Springville this sum­mer. Last sum­mer's Provo project was a big suc­cess so Habi- tat is of­fer­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence again..

The Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity web­site said, "Women Build is Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity’s pro­gram for women who want to learn con­struc­tion skills and build homes and com­mu­ni­ties. This pro­gram brings to- gether women from all walks of life to ad- dress the hous­ing cri­sis fac­ing mil­lions of women and chil­dren world­wide. This is the sec­ond time the lo­cal Habi­tat af­fil­i­ate has done a full Women Build. The home will be con­structed by over 75 per­cent of fe­male vol­un­teers from our com­mu­nity."

Habi­tat will be fund­ing the project through a Cir­cle of 100 fundrais­ing cam- paign. "We are ask­ing women in the com- mu­nity to do­nate $100.00 apiece or gather ten of their friends to put to­gether a team for $1,000. Our goal is to raise $100,000 for the three bed­room, two bath­room Springville home."

Belinda Bringhurst has al­ready put to­gether her team of 10 friends. For the team do­na­tion of $1,000, her team was able to sign up for one four hour building shift. They will also re­ceive t-shirts.

Bringhurst said she is a cre­ator and loves to build things. She vol­un­teers for lo­cal schools building the­ater sets and teach­ing art. This project gives her a chance to help oth­ers, and learn more about con­struc­tion.

"It's a way of do­ing ser­vice, a way of hang­ing out with my friends and a way of learn­ing all at the same time," she said.

Bringhurst also hopes to put her new knowl­edge to use later on by help­ing her sis­ter build a house for her­self.

Habi­tat hopes to have 40 teams like Bringhurst's sign up by May. The build starts May 5 and will take 6 to 9 months.

Bringhurst said there are lots of ways for your team to raise the money to par­tic- ipate. Some ideas in­clude hold­ing a bake sale, a walk-a-thon, or sell­ing some­thing at a Farmer's Mar­ket or bou­tique. Bring- hurst's team is sell­ing color­ing books she cre­ated on­line.

To find out more or to par­tic­i­pate in the women's build, visit the habi­tatuc.org.

Photo: Habi­tat for Hu­man­i­tyLind­say

A group par­tic­i­pates in the 2017 Women Build Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity project in Provo.

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