Wednesday, 18 October 2017

All-women Habitat crew helps build Aurora house – Chicago Tribune

Tonya Majersky and her daughter Jordan of Aurora decided to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend a bit differently this year.

Rather than shopping together or going to lunch, they elected to pound nails into two-by-fours and haul lumber.

“Both of us have been involved with giving back to the community, and this is a way to spend some quality time together during the Mother’s Day weekend,” Tonya Majersky said.

The Majerskys were part of a crew of more than 20 women who came out Saturday morning to haul away debris and build walls during an all-female construction effort conducted by Aurora’s Habitat for Humanity.

Their efforts will help Aurora family Odette and Theo Uwamahoro and their two daughters move into a four-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath home at 1557 Solfisburg Ave. in Aurora later this fall.

The event was part of a two-day build in observance of the 10th-annual National Women Build Week. A smaller crew worked Friday raising trusses and installing the roof on a garage at a home at 564 Spruce St. in Aurora.

Volunteers Saturday included residents from a wide range of communities including Naperville, Batavia, Oswego and Yorkville, who were organized by Julie Clark, Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity volunteer coordinator, who said that participation included fundraising as well as sweat equity.

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