BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) -- It's a program that encourages women to make a difference in their communities. And this week Habitat for Humanity of Saline County is hosting another Women Build.
This annual event, sponsored by Lowe's, encourages U.S. women to devote at least one day to the effort of eliminating poverty housing by building homes and communities.
Women Builds provide an environment in which women can feel comfortable learning construction skills they might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn.
Volunteer Barbara Riggin says you don't need to have any previous experience in construction to help build a home.
I've never built a house before, never been a part of it," says Riggin. "Just wanted to be a part of the community. The best part of it was meeting the individuals who were actually getting the house.
Dozens of women are joining Habitat volunteeers this week in Benton to sharpen their construction skills and help build afforable homes for Arkansas families.
And they aren't just picking up paintbrushes.
"They do the framing, they do the siding, they don't just come out and put flowers down or just paint, they are actually out here building the foundation for the home," says Karma Herzfeld, Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity.
The women are working to build two homes located in a twelve acre development south of downtown Benton called, Partnership Village. The neighborhood is composed entirely of Habitat homes.
Families have already been chosen for the houses and are expected to move in sometime in December.
"We love to see homeowners that are worthy, that have worked so hard to get a home like this" says volunteer Diane Jester. "To see the faces of the homeowner and the appreciation and love they have for us, it's very rewarding."
For more information on how to become a Habitat for Humanity homeowner or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitatsalinecountyar.org.