Friends For Life: Women Build Day 5

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – More than 100 volunteers have worked on the Women Build site so far this week.

They have a good portion of the foundation ready and on Friday they were working with some of the structure. This is a huge step from where they were just a few days ago.

Thanks to volunteers, a new home on Forest Avenue in Lansing is well on its way.

As a part of national Women Build Week 20 women per day have given their time at this site all week to work on a new habitat for one lucky family.

“Look you just can’t put a price tag on this, it’s phenomenal, and it has a reverberating impact on the family, it’s so great for this neighborhood to fill in this space with a new home, bring in a family,” said Virg Bernero, Lansing mayor.

These women and a number of men have been working to build this house from the ground up.

The week was started by pouring the foundation and Friday it was all about the framework.

“We’re putting the insulation on the side of the walls so that’s been really fun and interesting, we’ve got to use some power tools cutting out windows and doors,” said Tiffany Dowling, volunteer.

Tom Mills has been volunteering here every day this week. He’s been teaching the builders what they need to know to build the home.

And he says he’s very proud of the work so far.

“For me to go out and find 10 of my friends to come and do this. I’d have a hard time doing that,so I am amazed at the women that have organized all of this,” said Tom Mills, volunteer.

The recipients of the home haven’t been picked just yet, but there will be plenty of time to do that by the time the house is completed in October.

As planned, quite a large group of women from WLNS-TV/6 News will be out at the site on Monday doing our best to help build this home.

If you would like to volunteer, donate or if you’re in need of a home, visit

We continue our Friends For Life series Saturday on 6 News at 6.

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