February 17, 2020  Daily News

SALISBURY – Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity will host a number of Women Build days at home sites in Salisbury and Andover on March 4, 5, and 7, part of the national effort taking place in more than 235 community this year. 

Volunteers are invited to spend one day building homes alongside future Habitat for Humanity home-owners and like-minded women from area communities. The workdays run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and construction sites are at 22 Old County Road, Salisbury, and 8 Lupine Road, Andover.

The Salisbury project involves construction of three duplexes and a single family home for a total of seven families, when completed. 

This year marks Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity’s 35th year. 

Habitat for Humanity International, Lowe’s and approximately 6,000 women volunteers are expected to build homes in the United States, India and Canada for International Women Build Week from March 1-8 to highlight the global need for safe and affordable housing. A prelude to International Women’s Day, the global event aims to build and repair nearly 540 homes while raising awareness of housing issues facing women and their families, according to a Habitat press release.

Habitat and Lowe’s are providing the tools for women to empower and educate themselves on skills used when repairing and restoring homes. Volunteers are encouraged to use the  hashtag #BuildHer to share inspirational stories, experiences and ways to positively impact communities.

The Lowe’s partnership with Habitat began in 2003; since then, the company has committed more than $71.1 million to support the nonprofit, impacting the lives of Habitat homeowners worldwide. Lowe’s support of Habitat’s Women Build has helped build, renovate or repair more than 5,325 homes with the support of more than 138,000 women volunteers, according to the release.

To donate, volunteer, or learn more, visit merrimackvalleyhabitat.org.