About a dozen women gathered Saturday, May 11, to help paint a house in Cumberland County for a mother and her two-year-old daughter. The volunteers painted the walls of a three-bedroom, one and a half bath home, constructed by Habitat for Humanity.
Prior to the Women Build, Lowe’s ensured that all Women Build participants were comfortable with their volunteer efforts by providing a free painting clinic. Lowe’s Assistant Store Manager Bob Paup headed up the paint clinic by building a two-wall replica for the volunteers to putty and paint. Lowe’s Valspar Territory Manager Adam Clair also provided educational information about different types and proper uses for Valspar Paint products.
New homeowner Glenda Brady spent the morning painting alongside other women who volunteered their time for the Brady family.
“I appreciate all the help they have given me. I am more than happy with this house. I can’t wait to see the smile on my daughters face when we get to move in,” Brady said.
While the volunteers laughed and swapped stories about their families as they painted, they said the day really was about giving back.
“This was my second Women Build Day for Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity,” said volunteer Tammie Blevins. “As a mother and a homeowner, I really appreciate the work that they do.”
At the end of the Women Build event, the Brady house was fully painted on the inside including the doors and trim.
“The community really came together to help celebrate this new Habitat family. We are very thankful to Big Boy’s Barbeque for donating lunch. There is nothing greater than barbeque to end a morning of painting,” said Family Services Coordinator Sherry Chesson.
Big Boy’s Barbeque is a regular sponsor and supporter of Habitat for Humanity. The Women Build day also had an encouraging amount of women volunteers from U.S. Bank in Crossville. The local bank sent five volunteers to help in the day of painting.
“We read about the upcoming Women Build in the Habitat for Humanity newsletter. We knew right away that this was something we wanted to be part of," said U.S. Bank employee April Neely.
"When you come out and build, it kind of gets in your system. You learn some new skills and get to see what Habitat is all about, 'a hand up, not a hand out’ and you become an advocate after that. I hope the Mother’s Day build gave volunteers the Habitat bug and encouraged them to continue to be involved," said Development Director Vanessa Petty.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity events, volunteering or the homeownership program, call 484-4565 or stop by at 329 McLarty Lane in Crossville. You can also visit their website at www.cchabitatforhumanity.com.