AIT Greenville lends its support to Habitat for Humanity
On Saturday, May 7, AIT-Greenville employees were among more than 30 Greenville County women who volunteered at a Habitat for Humanity construction site in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, as part of the organization's national Women Build Week.
National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day in the effort to help eliminate poverty housing. The 9-day event, now in its fourth year, has drawn more than 20,000 female volunteers from all 50 states.
In the days leading up to Mother's Day, construction crews of female volunteers across the country rolled up their sleeves at Habitat for Humanity construction sites in recognition of National Women Build Week, April 30 - May 8.
Because families with children make up a staggering number of those in need of adequate housing, the Mother's Day timeframe was selected for its significance to many volunteers. According to the Habitat for Humanity, more than 12 million children – one in six – live in poverty housing in the United States alone.
The Greenville County women built a home for a family who had volunteered over 250 hours of service. AIT employees spent the day installing windows, wrapping Tyvek insulation and shingling the roof.
To date, female volunteers have built more than 1,800 Habitat houses nationwide during National Women Build Week. Locally, Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County has built more than 11 Women Build houses.