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Women Build Week Attracts Many

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Tens of thousands of women are whipping out the hammers and nails on homes throughout the country Thursday.

It's all for Habitat for Humanity's Women Build Week. Overcrowding was an issue for Lori Molodecki's family until Habitat for Humanity stepped in and worked with her to build her family a new home.

"It's amazing to just be able to be a part of the whole process from beginning to end," says Molodecki.

Volunteers working on Molodecki's future home are all part Women Build Week. According to Habitat for Humanity Development Director Jim Woolyhand, about 50 local volunteers showed up to lend their support, and learn construction.

"It also creates an awareness of the millions of women and children not only here in Yellowstone County and in the state of Montana, but around the world to realize what the crisis is with poverty housing," says Woolyhand.

About one-third of the women working on the Molodecki home are newbies to the art of construction. But volunteer Connie Genger has been doing it for 20 years.

"It's kind of an empowerment thing I think the women's build starts that empowerment for women to know that they can do something that they think that they couldn't do," says Genger.

Genger says when she sees women out on a site for the first time, it's not uncommon for them to return with a new thirst for getting their hands dirty.

"People encourage them to come and try and I think they surprise themselves of the things that they can do and once they do a women's build then they find themselves coming back and volunteering, working on other houses and learning new skills," says Genger.

But Genger says its not just about learning new skills.

"It's a feel good thing that you feel like you've accomplished a lot yourself but you've done that in concert with somebody else," says Genger.

Women Build Week continues through Sunday, and Habitat plans to finish the home in no less than one month. For more information on how you can help habitat for humanity click on Connections.

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