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Habitat for Humanity: Women Build planning begins

BEMIDJI – Northwoods Habitat for Humanity will host an orientation luncheon at noon Friday for those interested in learning more about this year’s Women Build project.

Women Build projects are hosted once every two years as more than 100 women come together to build a new Habitat home in about three months.

The 45-minute meeting, which will include lunch, will be at the United Methodist Church, located at Ninth Street and Beltrami Avenue Northwest in Bemidji.

Those who attend the meeting do not have to commit to the project at this point, said Geri Hickerson, the executive director of Northwoods Habitat

“It will be a presentation about the whole Women Build project, the skills you need to have, what you need to know,” she said.

The Women Build home this year will be built along Gemmel Avenue in Bemidji, she noted. 

It will be the third Women Build project for the local Habitat chapter. Previous Women Builds were hosted in 2009 and 2011.

Women Build projects draw 100-125 women participants in 10-12 teams, Hickerson said. Some teams are sponsored by businesses, others are groups of friends and relatives who come together to support the nonprofit.

Northwoods Habitat, Hickerson said, is planning on a 10- to 12-week build for the new house, but the timeline depends on the weather.

“Mother Nature dictates when we get to work,” Hickerson said. “Everything is so tentative until we see what spring does.”