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Women Build Week seeks empowerment through building education

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

Saturday is the beginning of National Women Build Week and the La Crosse Habitat For Humanity is calling on area females to get involved, looking to empower them through building education.

For the eleventh straight year Habitat For Humanity and Lowe's encourage women to learn more about building while helping the community.

Every day throughout the week Habitat volunteers will work with construction professionals on an active building site, helping to make complex construction tasks easier to understand.

"When someone really breaks it down and explains it to you it's probably not as hard as what it would typically look like," Habitat Volunteer Ashley Lacenski describes.

"Normally I've seen people hang siding and I'm like, 'how can they ever do that?' but when someone breaks it down, explains it to you, shows you the parts and pieces, what needs to happen, it's like, well this probably wouldn't be that hard to do on your own," Lacenski finishes.

Skills aren't needed to volunteer but learning them can help women long after the house is built.

"We say you don't need to know anything to come on the build site and we absolutely want to encourage women to come to the build site," Habitat For Humanity Executive Director Kahya Fox elaborates, "that's a population that typically doesn't go into construction, or doesn't learn construction skills. We give them an opportunity to come here, work alongside other women and learn different things."

The week of women empowerment will conclude on May 12 with a Mother-Daughter build day in honor of Mother's Day.

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