Women from across central Oklahoma are showing that home really is where the heart is by participating in Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity's Women Build event.
Female volunteer groups are banding together to contribute their time and their hands as part of National Women Build Week, a national event scheduled around Mother's Day that challenges women from all walks of life to help eliminate poverty housing.
“It's amazing to see so many women really putting their hands and their hearts into a cause that is so dear to me,” said Cindy Lankford, Women Build honorary chairman for 2013. “As a mother of two daughters myself, it is truly moving to see Habitat volunteers making a difference by helping provide homes for other mothers and families in the central Oklahoma community.”
Lankford kicked off the Women Build on May 4, and building will continue through Mother's Day. Building took place in Habitat's Hope Crossing neighborhood.
Lankford is a speech pathologist, mother and wife of U.S. Rep. James Lankford.
“We've been thrilled to see how this year's Women Build has come together under Cindy's leadership,” said Ann Felton Gilliland, chairman and CEO of Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity.
“We are excited at the continued progress volunteers like these women are helping our organization make as we celebrate the dedication of more than 700 homes in central Oklahoma.”
QuiBids, an Oklahoma City-based online auction site, donated playground equipment for Hope Crossing for volunteers to assemble during the event.
Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity invites people to honor the mothers and other women in their lives by making a donation toward the about $80,000 it takes to build each Habitat home.
Anthony Triana is with Saxum.
How to help
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