Women help build Habitat for Humanity home near Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A group of mostly women in Springfield are building a house for Habitat for Humanity.

The effort is called "National Women Build Week." They are building a new four-bedroom house for a mother and her children in the Legacy Trails Neighborhood.

Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's started National Women Build week 10 years ago.

Volunteers are helping paint siding and put the floors in this house. The family will also complete between 250 and 350 hours of sweat equity, 100 of those hours on the construction site specifically.

Habitat for Humanity says helping on the house does not require any previous construction experience, and they're happy to invite women out to the build site this week, or anytime. Portia Sowers has participated three years now with Lowe's, her employer. She's not only happy to be helping a family get into a home, but glad to encourage other women to participate.

"It gives the women out here confidence to do their own projects, and it's nice to see the men's support and come together as a team," said Portia Sowers, volunteer.

National Women Build Week goes through Sunday. But volunteers 16 years old and up are welcome to volunteer anytime. Just give Habitat for Humanity a call at 417-829-4001.