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Habitat for Humanity women volunteers are building a home for family of eight

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -

Affordable decent housing and inspiring women to get involved at construction sites, that's the motivation behind National Women Build Week 2018.

Now in its eleventh year, the effort by Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's has brought together more than 117,000 women construction volunteers.

The goal of Women Build Week is to teach and inspire women to advocate for decent housing.

This year, Lowe's donated nearly $2 million to Habitat for Humanity to support the event, which runs through this weekend in some 300 communities nationwide.

Through the history of "build week" they've built or repaired more than 4,500 homes.

Some time next year, a family will move into what will be their new house, but for now it's under construction.

"Having a home really just provides stability for their family life. It provides safe, affordable housing unlike maybe some of the living conditions they could currently be living in," said volunteer Tracey Beyer. "Children get to live in a stable environment, families get to grow up together. It's just a place for them to thrive and grow."

Beyer is one of more than 50 volunteers in Southwest Rochester who are helping build a new home for a local family in need.

The adult members of the family have to put in 200 hours of work so they are contributing to the construction of the home as well. They usually come in during the weekend since they're working during the week.

The Rochester home they're working on right now will be for a family of eight, and will have four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage.

Women don't need to have any construction skills or experience, they'll be taught at the construction site.

"We have done a lot today. We have been siding that shed over there," said Beyer. "So we've learned a lot about you know how to use the tools and what to look for when you're working on a building."

This year, Habitat is expecting 18,000 women volunteers.

Beyond this week, Habitat for Humanity is still looking for volunteers for Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays.

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