Habitat gets a woman's touch

Habitat gets a woman's touch

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Some women are trading in their makeup for hard hats as they help build a home for a family in need.

Wednesday's group of volunteers are helping kick off "Women Build Month" for the Flint River Habitat for Humanity.

"It's a girl day," said Becky West. But this girl's day involves paint rollers, brushes and hard hats.

"We're accomplishing something. At first I thought, oh I'll never get this done, but it's coming together. It's really looking good too," West said.

Tammy McCrary, the owner of CTSI, asked her women employees to volunteer for one day as part of "Women Build Month." "I sent out a message and every woman in our company said yes, absolutely. Especially when I said, and we'll have our men come and serve us lunch."

The Flint River Habitat for Humanity has held Women Build days, but this is the first year they're dedicating an entire month to enhance their Women Build program.

"it's a great opportunity for everyone to see that women can build a house just like a man can build a house. It may be putting the roof on, or as much as painting or putting down the flooring. We've actually contributed to the entire building of this house so it's really exciting," said McCrary.

"We can kind of do it our way and feel like that we have really participated in something that usually is men doing," said West.

The ladies painted rooms and tiled floors... All for a home which will be given to a single mother and her child, who have also helped.

"It's really exciting to meet her and to build that bond and to see the excitement that they have because they've never owned a home before."

Several other companies are also participating.

McCrary says their goal is to complete the home by the end of the month so the family can move in October first.

For more information about how to volunteer call 229-446-8199.

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