UVU First Lady to Help Build Habitat for Humanity Home for UVU Alumna on May 10

University Marketing & Communications: Courtney McKinnon | 801-863-5011 | courtneym@uvu.edu


Women volunteers from Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University will come together to build a Habitat for Humanity home for University Women Build Day. The build will occur from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at 420 S. 500 West, Provo. Paige B. Holland, first lady of UVU, will be among the volunteers. This will be the First Lady’s sixth consecutive year working on Habitat home for a Utah County family in need.

The recipient of this year’s Habitat home is a single mother with multiple sclerosis. The recipient had also received scholarship assistance through UVU’s Women’s Success Center as a student, and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in 2013. Home recipients are chosen by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates through a thorough vetting and qualifying processes.

The Women’s Success Center has sponsored University Women Build Day since its formation in 2011. The tradition of building Habitat homes coincides with the Women’s Success Center’s mission of helping women graduate by removing obstacles and providing support to female students.

University Women Build Day takes place within Habitat for Humanity’s larger National Women Build Week. National Women Build Week is an annual event Habitat for Humanity coordinates across the United States the week before Mother’s Day. The week of service encourages women to pick up tools and learn construction skills to strengthen themselves, their neighbors, and their community.

Prior to the build, volunteers have the opportunity to attend a construction clinic courtesy of Lowes.

Paige Holland will begin volunteering at 11:30 am.

About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Utah County is a non-profit, interfaith organization and is one of more than 2,300 affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International. The local affiliate is committed to eliminating poverty housing and homelessness in the county by building, renovating, and repairing decent, reasonably priced homes with area residents in need of affordable shelter. Affiliated in 1991 by a group of local community members that were concerned about substandard housing in the county, the organization has built or renovated 65 homes, providing 105 adults and 200 children with decent and affordable housing and the opportunity to achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. The affiliate has also completed more than 60 critical home repair and home preservation projects with low-income homeowners, seniors, and veterans in need throughout Utah County and has kept millions of pounds of waste of local landfills through their reuse and recycling efforts. More information is available at www.habitatuc.org.

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