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Ohio University Southern female professors and staff volunteer for Habitat’s Women Build Project
June 21, 2017 : Ohio University Southern female professors and staff volunteer for Habitat’s Women Build Project
Twelve female professors and staff from Ohio University Southern volunteered in Lawrence County to help a family move closer toward its goal of safe, affordable housing. On May 8, 2017, OU-S group picked up power tools and worked at the Proctorville home of the Childers family as part of the national Women Build Initiative of the Huntington (WV) Area Habitat for Humanity.
Women Build occurs the week before Mother’s Day every year. Volunteers from all walks of life have come together to build stronger, safer communities across the U.S. with Habitat since 1991.
 
Since neighborhoods are largely populated by women and children, they are more likely to be living in poor housing conditions. Habitat’s Women Build events provide the opportunity for women to take a proactive step in serving their communities.
 
Dr. Nicole Pennington, dean of the Southern Campus, said the mission of Ohio University Southern is “to educate, empower and inspire” and supporting the Women Build project for the Childers family in Proctorville is an extension of that mission.
 
Equine Studies Program Director Kelly Hall assists with measuring drywall for the Habitat Women Build Project in Proctorville, Ohio.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Equine Studies Program Director Kelly Hall assists with measuring drywall for the Habitat Women Build Project in Proctorville, Ohio.

 
Volunteers included Equine Studies professors Kelly Hall and Bradie Chapman; and Nursing faculty Molly Johnson, Dana Scott, Beth Delaney, Maranda Clements, Michelle Theiss, Ginger Hardy and Mashawna Hamilton.
 
Staff volunteers included Proctorville Center director Stephanie Burcham; External Relations Director Sarah Diamond Burroway; Accessibility Coordinator Teresa McKenzie; and Resource Commons Coordinator Ashlie Bailey.
 
McKenzie said volunteering with Habitat for Humanity shows “what it means to give back to the community, to be members of a global and local community that takes care of its own.”
“We have to provide examples for our students in our actions, not just our words,” McKenzie said.
“Women Build is an opportunity for women to be there for one another and lift each other up. It is so important we remember to do that,” Bailey agreed.