Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build coming up

| April 3, 2014

COSHOCTON – Habitat for Humanity is kicking off its third annual women’s build this month.

Women 18 and older are invited to help Habitat build a storage shed from start to finish for the ReStore, which recently moved to its new location at 84 Pine St.

“We don’t have a house in the stages where they are raising walls and we want them to get experience in that and framing so we decided we would build the 10 x 24 foot shed for the ReStore,” said Jane Mautz, women’s build committee chair. “They also will be doing the siding and roofing on it and installing doors and ramps.”

The build will take place during work sessions scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 24; 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26; 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 and Thursday, May 1; and 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3. Cost is $25 per person and participants will receive a t-shirt, snack and water. Funds raised will help with the completion of Habitat’s house number 14.

“We also will have a training session for beginner and intermediate building skills,” Mautz said.

The optional training session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the Coshocton County Career Center.

Participants in the women’s build days also are encouraged to bring a hammer, tape measure, square and pencil and tool belt.

“We won’t turn you away if you don’t have them,” Mautz said.

Anyone who registers also will be eligible to participate in the National Women’s Build Day, which is sponsored by Lowes from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at Habitat house number 14. Women who sign up to help on this day will give a hand with landscaping, constructing sidewalks and small tasks inside the house like hanging closet rods and touching up paint. A training session for this event also is being planned for Lowes in Zanesville.

“We want that house done and the family in by June 1,” Mautz said. “You could do both women’s builds if you want, but we encourage people to get us their names as soon as they can because once we are full, we are full.”

Sign up for the women’s build is limited to only 15 women per sessions and deadline to register is Friday, April 11.

“Women enjoyed doing it in teams last year, but even though we aren’t doing it that way again, I still encourage people to sign up with people they know,” Mautz said.

Registration forms for the women’s build are available at the Habitat office at 1035 Walnut St. or you can register online by visiting www.habitatcoshocton.org. More information also can be obtained by calling the office at 623-2764 or Mautz at 545-9583.

“The whole purpose of this is to empower women and show them they can do building tasks,” she said. “We also hope it will help build our volunteer base.”

More than 100 women participated in the event in its first year and around 200 came out for last year’s women’s build.

Mautz has always enjoyed building and hopes other women will come give it a try.

“I think there is satisfaction in seeing something you’ve worked on go up even if you just helped with a small part of it,” she said.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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