Los Alamos participated for the first time in Habitat for Humanity’s annual Women’s Build, sponsored by Lowe’s Home Improvement. By midmorning Saturday, 78 volunteers had shown up to help build a home for Ivette Jimenez and her son Ruben.
“In conjunction with Mother’s Day, honoring all the women around the world, it’s a Women’s Build,” said Harpal Khalsa, president of Habitat for Humanity of Española Valley and Los Alamos. “So even though there are men on the site, the focus is women building, creating community, creating habitat – home – for people in need.
Habitat for Humanity is best known for building homes at cost for low-income families. Lowe’s has contributed more than $40 million since it began partnering with Habitat in 2003.
For the Women’s Build, Lowe’s pledges $5,000 to builds across the country that turn out at least 50 volunteers that day.
A call for volunteers for the Los Alamos Women’s Build went out Thursday evening on Keep it Local. At that time, only 10 women and five men had signed up. The post also asked for volunteers to bring food, which counted toward the 50-person minimum.
Not only did a huge number of volunteers turn out, The Rotary Club of Los Alamos donated lunch.