Building the community was the focus of attention this month for the NWiR Northern New Jersey Council, who volunteered as the paint crew for Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Week May 9-12, 2023. The Morris County chapter’s largest project ever is located in Randolph, New Jersey, and is comprised of 25 units of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom condominiums. Altogether the families benefitting from this project include an Army Veteran and 31 children, ranging from 12 months to 21 years old, and three full-time college students. The development includes a community room, picnic and play area, and a bike path to stores and restaurants on South Salem Street.

The Morris County Habit for Humanity website shares the importance of the Women Build initiative; “Women Build aims to be the model program for engaging volunteers and partners to address challenges faced by women and children — lack of opportunity, training, and education are three examples — close to home and around the world. In the United States, Women Build promotes the involvement of women in the construction of Habitat houses. About 450 Women Build projects a year provide an opportunity for 40,000 women to learn construction skills in a supportive environment, empowering them as they address the problem of substandard housing. Additionally, Women Build brings together women from all walks of life to advocate for affordable housing and safer, stronger communities. Globally, the Women Build program equips female heads of household with business skills, helping to stabilize their finances and ensuring they have decent, safe places to live. The NWiR New Jersey Council tapped into their creative skills and became the paint crew for the day.”

As always the NWiR New Jersey Council is grateful to their sponsors Capitol Roofing Company and MCQ Sales, LLC for their allyship and support.