35 Under 35 Alumni come together for Women’s Build for Habitat for Humanity

When looking for volunteers for projects, one of the most enthusiastic groups are alumni from the Women’s 35 Under 35 Leadership Program of United Way of Cass-Clay.  When Angie Ryan, an alumni of the program, heard that Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity announced a Women’s Build, she knew that she could get others from the group to volunteer as well. 


On September 25th and 26th, more than a dozen alumni from the 35 Under 35 program volunteered their time to assist with the build. “It is heartwarming to know we were doing our small part in the process to help a local woman and her family realize the dream of home ownership,” says Angie. 

Other alumni shared the same experience as Angie.  Shannon Luney said “Working on the Habitat for Humanity house was so rewarding. Besides laughing and having fun with friends, I learned how to side a house! The people working with Habitat for Humanity are so friendly and great to work with.” 

Joni Medenwald shared these words with us as well.  “Being a part of building the Habitat for Humanity Women Build house was an awesome experience!  I met new people, had many laughs, and saw firsthand how our community works together to take care of one another.”  Thank you Habitat for Humanity and the many volunteers and staff who help make Fargo/Moorhead such an inspirational place to call home!” 

These ladies LIVED UNITED by volunteering over the course of two days to put up siding, windows, and other exterior projects for the build in West Fargo.  To follow along with the build or to see how you can volunteer, go to http://www.lakeagassizhabitat.org.

In 1991, a group of women in Charlotte, NC came together to complete the first all women built Habitat for Humanity home. This event inspired other Habitat affiliates across the country to embark on Women Build programs of their own. In 2007, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity completed their first Women Build home. The Women Build program engages women of every race, age, and skill level to plan and build all aspects of a healthy and affordable home with an eligible family. Through participating in the project, women have the opportunity to gain skills and confidence by working with an all-women team of volunteers in a supportive and empowering building environment.

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