Eleven area women assembled and raised a wall during the morning effort.

Area women to pound nails in fifth annual Fox Valley Habitat Women’s Build in Batavia

MONTGOMERY, Ill., June 10, 2021 — The first day of Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity’s fifth annual, two-day Women’s Build got underway Thursday, June 10, at 1600 W. Wilson St. in Batavia.

Eleven area women assembled and raised a wall during the morning effort. Julie Clark, Habitat Women Build coordinator, said women age 18 and older were invited to pound nails and perform other construction tasks as individuals or teams. Teams represented Studio 41 in Naperville and Fox Valley Junior Women’s Club.

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Meghan Kirchen of Plainfield totes lumber Thursday at a Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity construction site at 1600 W. Wilson St. in Batavia during a fifth annual Women’s Build and fundraiser. Women represented Studio 41 in Naperville and Fox Valley Junior Women’s Club. The build concluded Friday. (Al Benson photo)

The event doubled as a Habitat fundraiser with a goal of $20,000. Volunteers donated $250 per day for building materials and other expenses.

According to Clark, volunteers received Women Build t-shirts, pink safety glasses, work gloves and construction aprons. “Amazing” raffle items for those who go that extra mile with their fundraising were available.

Clark added, “Women Build brings women together to learn new skills, build strength and stability for a family and improve the community we share. No experience is necessary and we promise it will be an experience you won’t forget.”

To sign up or for more information, contact Clark at (630) 206-5034 or e-mail j.clark@foxvalleyhabitat.org

Batavia Chamber of Commerce hosted Habitat’s groundbreaking for the future home of Janice and George Owino, Kenya natives, on Oct. 28. The ceremony featured Mayor Jeff Schielke, state Senator Karina Villa, D-West Chicago and Batavia United Way Executive Director Melinda Kintz, who delivered on an $8,000 grant for the project.

The Owino home is Habitat’s first in Batavia and 68th in the Fox Valley since Habitat’s founding in 1988. Other Habitat homes are in Aurora, North Aurora and Montgomery.

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Jennifer Brooks of Montgomery, left, is among 11 Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity volunteers raising a wall Thursday at 1600 W. Wilson St. in Batavia during a fifth annual Women’s Build and fundraiser. Women represented Studio 41 in Naperville and Fox Valley Junior Women’s Club. The build concluded Friday. (Al Benson photo)

Aurora-based Centennial Mortgage has pledged $175,000 to sponsor the Owino home. Steven  McCormick, Centennial president, is Habitat board chair. Centennial is celebrating its 26th anniversary.

Founded in 1988, Fox Valley Habitat is a nondenominational Christian housing ministry based at Genesis Community Church in Montgomery. In addition to offices at Genesis, Habitat maintains a warehouse at 250 S. Highland Ave. in Aurora. Fox Valley Habitat is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, an international Christian housing ministry.

Women Build is a Habitat for Humanity International program that encourages women to make a difference by building homes and communities. The program mobilizes women volunteers to further the home-building mission of Habitat. Since the first Women Build in 1998, women have helped construct  more than 2,000 homes worldwide.

Volunteers and donors are needed to continue the Fox Valley ministry. Call (630) 859-3333 or visit foxvalleyhabitat.org for more information.

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Carrie Skreens of Winfield, center, is among 11 Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity volunteers pounding nails Thursday at 1600 W. Wilson St. in Batavia during a fifth annual Women’s Build and fundraiser. Women represented Studio 41 in Naperville and Fox Valley Junior Women’s Club. The build concluded Friday. (Al Benson photo)

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Al Benson
Freelance Photo-Journalist

Al Benson is an Aurora-based freelance photo-journalist. He is currently an archives research specialist at Aurora University. His work has appeared in The Voice, The Daily Herald, The Beacon-News, and the Chicago Tribune.



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