Volunteers gear up for Women Build Week


DeAnna Hardy is no stranger when it comes to volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity in Washington County. So when they announced their project to build a home in Smithsburg for International Women Build Week, she was on board.

“I have a kind of to-do list of different projects and things that I want to do, so this was right in-line for that,” said Hardy. 

According to Habitat for Humanity, Women Build Week is an international initiative seeking to empower women and give them the skills needed to impact their community.

“We’re building a home from the ground up with the women,” said Amy Gulion of Habitat for Humanity of Washington County. “The women are fundraising, they’re building the house… in Smithsburg.”

Now this initiative is not a new one. In fact, there are already four houses in Washington County that are around thanks to Women Build Week; but after a long hiatus, the organization believed they needed a crash course on safety, bringing in Amos McCoy of Associated Builders and Contractors of Cumberland Valley to show them the ropes.

“And the goal is to make sure everybody is able to get on the job site and get home safely at the end of the day and have a productive day,” said McCoy.

And after learning the ins-and-outs of using tools, the volunteers are set to build a home.

“I look forward to being on-site and doing things with other women and getting this house built,” said Hardy.

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