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Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity's Women Build 2016 will be held Saturday, May 7, with work shifts from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. This year the build will be held in Hopeview Estates, a Habitat for Humanity subdivision, in Spindale.

This year marks the eighth for the event, which was created to include more women in the building process.

"I have learned how to hammer," said Rutherford County Habitat Executive Director Kim Freeman.

Mother's Day weekend is a fitting time for the build, Freeman continued, because the majority of the homes built by Rutherford County Habitat are for single moms.

In addition to the construction, there will be repair projects volunteers can help with as well. Nationally Lowe's Home Improvement sponsors Women Build, and in Rutherford County State Employees Credit Union, BB&T and other area businesses are sponsoring the event.

Women Build typically has between 90 and 100 volunteers each year, Freeman said. Some who volunteer have no experience.

"The first time she asked me to come I thought she'd lost her mind," said Sheila Cain, resource development and volunteer coordinator for Rutherford County Habitat.

It's OK to be a beginner, Freeman said, and what women find is that they gain confidence through taking part.

"When you look back and there's now a wall where nothing had been ... it makes you feel proud," she said. "To see how many women who are hesitant when they register to becoming confident at the end of the day is special."

Volunteers will get lunch and a T-shirt as well as a chance for door prizes, Freeman said.

"They will walk away with something in their hand and their heart."

For more information on this year's Women Build, call Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity at 828-248-3178. The organization's next build will be a Father's Day Build on June 18.

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