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Power and hand tool skills workshop offered to area women

POSTED: May 7, 2014 12:27 a.m.

Women who want to use power tools, but are a little nervous getting started will have an opportunity Saturday to get a crash course.

Habitat for Humanity of Hall County and Howard Brothers, a local hardware retailer, are putting on a free clinic to teach women how to use hand and power tools.

Several stations will be set up, with experts from Makita Tools and Howard Brothers staff on hand for demonstrations.

“We did the same type of program with them three to four years ago, and it was really well-received,” said Andy Darnell, director of marketing for Howard Brothers. “I think the ladies all enjoy it. From an education standpoint, we have people that have never used a hammer or tape measure before, so it’s kind of a fun, different (way to spend) a Saturday — to have a group of people and really talk about safety and how to use the tools.”

Additionally, Habitat will have a tent set up with an “Ask a Volunteer” table.

“Senior, experienced volunteers answer any questions and explain what the different volunteer opportunities are,” said Habitat board member Jerry Van de Water. “So anyone can walk up and ask them, ‘What do you get out of it?’ or ‘Why should I do this?’”

The event, which is a part of the “Women Build” Habitat program, was created and tailored especially for women to help them become more comfortable and feel more prepared when working on the volunteer construction projects.

The “Women Build” program is dedicated to teaching women construction skills to ready them for Habitat’s projects. Their on-site special workdays are typically organized around teams made up of women.

“Here we get to give back to the community by helping low-income families acquire decent and affordable housing ... while at the same time developing handywoman skills to restore and enhance our own homes,” said Habitat’s Executive Director Ann Nixon in a news release. “It’s at once rewarding and fun. We hope women who read about this event at Howard Brothers will come by and explore what is possible.”

Darnell also said there are plans to use some of Howard Brothers’ smokers to cook food.

“There will be a lot of fun things going on,” he said.

The workshop is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Howard Brothers, 4272 Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood.

For more information, contact Habitat for Humanity of Hall County at 770-718-1070 or habitathallcounty.org, or Howard Brothers at 770-476-3006 or howardbrothers.com.


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