From May 11-12, Arbor Bend was filled with teams of volunteers for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando’s 2018 Women Build event. Over the course of two days, nine teams of more than 100 volunteers worked building four houses in our third planned community.
The first day of the event started off with circle, where the Habitat Greater Orlando Staff lead the morning prayer and gave a brief overview of our mission. The construction team, made up of Habitat Greater Orlando staff, AmeriCorps volunteers and crew leaders, guided the volunteers throughout the day as they worked on the construction site.
The second day kicked off with a small ceremony on the build site that began with Kizzy Ferrer, one of our top fundraisers, Assistant Project Manager at Boyer Building Corp. and incoming president of NAWIC, leading the morning prayer. Our president and CEO, Catherine Steck McManus spoke about the importance of the event and the impact it has on women and families in our community. Vanessa Echols, WFTV anchor channel 9, was one of our guest speakers and honorary chairman of the event.
“Hosting the event leading up to Mother’s Day reinforces that every woman can make a difference through learning and using construction skills,” said Vanessa.
Sherall Leo, who likes to go by Leo, was the homeowner recipient of the 2014 Women Build event. She spoke about her journey to homeownership, and how her life has changed in the four years since she became a homeowner. Since moving into their Habitat Greater Orlando home, Leo and her daughter both graduated from Valencia college and her daughter is now at UCF working to become a math teacher. Her son has joined the Air Force and is now stationed in Korea.
“Some mornings I wake up and still can’t believe that I’m a homeowner,” said Leo. And even though her son has moved out and is stationed halfway across the world, she keeps his room in perfect condition. “There’s no more moving. My children always have a place to call home and a place to come back to.”
The national sponsor for this event, Lowe’s Home Improvement, along with the many other supporters, made this event possible. Thank you to our supporters:
Lowe’s Home Improvement
Coca-Cola Beverages Florida
Rosen Hotels & Resorts
Boyer Building Corporation
Hearts and Hammers
Pearls and Powertools