Friends For Life: Women Build Day 1

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – One day is in the books for the Habitat for Humanity Lansing Women Build week.

Throughout the week more than 100 area women will help construct a new home for a local family.

The first group of women came out ready to work Monday morning and continued that work ethic well into the afternoon.

6 News Mariah Harrison gives us a look at how progress is moving so far.

This isn’t your typical construction site. Welcome to the Habitat for Humanity Lansing Women Build 2015.

Ten women in the morning, 10 in the evening, this house won’t build itself.

“The first day is going amazing, the women came, the rain went away,” said Dena Vatalaro, community relations manager, Habitat For Humanity, Lansing.

“Today’s fun has really been about learning to frame the walls of a house.”

Framing, Monday’s task.

Volunteers built not one, but two walls before noon.

Impressive work for a group of first-time builders.

Reporter: “Have you ever participated in one of these before?”

“I have not, this is my first Habitat and it’s great fun and I think other people should take the opportunity to do this,” said Deb Muchmore, team captain.

Volunteers say while the day has been fun learning how to use power tools comes with some challenges.

“Learning how not to cut your leg off, was the best part of that.”

Reporter: “That’s always a good thing.”

“It is, but it’s fun manning power tools,” said Muchmore.

But, the meaning of today wasn’t lost in all the fun.

“The fun part is having my team here on site to help build this house for somebody who needs a decent place to live.”

Organizers hope to have the walls up toward the end of this week.

And when all the work is said and done right over here in this lot will be the site of this new home, so make sure to tune in to 6 News all week to see the progress.

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