Habitat for Humanity Build

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All Seasons Sat, Apr 27 8:00 AM


Event Summary

Join Team Lightning for a day of service with Habitat for Humanity - Williamson/Maury. By working with one family at a time, Habitat for Humanity is providing the life-changing dream of home ownership to community members facing barriers. This build is part of the Women Build series, an initiatve to encourage women around the nation to contribute to building affordable housing in their communities. That said, all volunteers are welcome, regardless of gender!

Jobs may include construction, painting, landscaping, roofing and other messy tasks. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes that you don't mind getting dirty and potentially ruining.

Hammers and High Heels (June 1st)

All volunteers will be entered into a drawing for a pair of tickets to Habitat's Hammers and High Heels, a fundraising gala in Franklin on June 1st. For more information on this night of giving and entertainment, check out our event listing here!

Volunteering Details

When: April 27th @ 8am - 4pm

Where: 7258 Horn Tavern Road

 Fairview, TN 37062

Group Size: 40 volunteers

Fundraising: Habitat aims to raise $7,000-$10,000 per day for their builds. Lightning 100 has donated towards this goal, but more is always welcome! Feel free to donate to Habitat here to help them meet their monthly goal. If you want the donation to go to this specific build, choose "Women Build" from the drop-down menu!

Weather: Builds are rain or shine. In the event of severe inclement weather, your trip leader will reach out to you with details about a reschedule.

Kids: The construction site can be dangerous for children. Participants must be at least 16 years of age to attend.

About the Homeowner

Maria emigrated from Colombia 16 years ago, leaving behind a difficult marriage. “Those days with my ex-husband were emotionally traumatizing, and it has taken me years to recover. My hope for the future is that I will live a life of peace and service to others.”

She came to New Jersey without speaking a word of English, so her job prospects were limited. She worked as a waitress and a cook among other jobs that allowed her to care for her young child. But determined to build a better life for herself and her son, Maria enrolled in community college to master the English language.

In 2005, Maria; her mother, Estella; and her son Abraham relocated to Middle Tennessee to be near her sister. “It was pretty rough in New Jersey, she explains. “There was a lot of gang activity, and I worried all the time about my son. I love living somewhere safe, but it has been tough to make ends meet in Williamson County. We live in a 2-bedroom apartment, so I share my room with my son. Abraham is ecstatic about having a room of his own!”

Maria works two jobs, one as a cashier at Costco and a second as a part-time administrative assistant at St. Phillips Church. She is overwhelmed with gratitude, often to the point of tears: “We are so grateful to everyone at Habitat for Humanity for this opportunity. It is a blessing to have the community gather together to help our family. My hope is that my home will extend beyond blessing only my family and that it will become a blessing for others as well.”

Learn more about the Hererra family here!