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Girl power to tackle Waterloo Habitat home


Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity is currently building or rehabbing nine homes for families in northeast Iowa.  The organization is now working on its 100th build, and Habitat is issuing a special challenge to get women involved.

It's national "Women's Build Week" and several women volunteers have been  helping to construct a Habitat home in the 700 block of Willow Street in Waterloo.  Already, a lot of volunteers have been working at the site to build brand new home for a single mom of two.  The volunteers on the build are primarily ladies, and Habitat is looking for gals—and maybe a few guys—to help out with this and other projects.

Barbell Landfair's brand new home is starting to take shape.  For several weeks now, volunteers have been building her home from the ground up.  And while there's still a lot of work yet to do, Landfair is picturing just what her new house will look like.

"This is where my sink is going to be.  I can wash dishes and look out the window," Landfair said.

Landfair is a single mom of two, and can hardly wait to finally become a homeowner.  She's excited to see girl power in action, as the volunteers helping to construct her home will be women.

"I'm grateful for them to take time out of their busy schedule to come in and help me out to hang the drywall and do all the stuff they say normally that women can't do.  So we're going to do it all!" said Landfair.

Heartland Habitat partners up with Lowe's Home Improvement to do at least one women's build each year.  And regardless of how much construction experience ladies may have, there's something just about everyone can contribute.

"On the site, we do have a trained site supervisor who will teach the tasks we're working on.  As well as with the partnership with Lowe's, we're able to provide training classes to teach us the tasks that we're doing," Amanda Herold-Mahncke with Heartland Habitat.

And Habitat is always looking for volunteers to help with all of its ongoing projects, since the organization typically builds around a dozen homes in northeast Iowa each year.  For people like Barbell Landfair, the result of the hard work those volunteers do, is security for the future in having a place to call home.

Habitat usually has crews of 4-10 people at its home sites, like the one on Willow Street.  And there's a trained construction site supervisor that guides what jobs volunteers do.  If you don't have a group to work with, Habitat can pair you up with existing teams.  Volunteer shifts are available for Habitat projects during the week and on weekends.  To learn how you can help, call Habitat at (319) 235-9946. 

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