Lake Norman & Mooresville

‘Tastes of Habitat’ to raise money for Women Build

Our Towns Habitat for Humanity will host the annual Tastes of Habitat, a fundraiser for the Women Build program.

The Nov. 6, event, which sold out last year, is the biggest yearly fundraiser for Women Build.

Women Build is Habitat’s program for women who want to learn construction skills and build homes and communities. About 350 volunteers are working with Women Build in the Lake Norman area.

Habitat is working on the eighth house in its Women Build Program.

Tastes of Habitat will raise money to pay for construction materials to build the ninth Women Build home, a project that will take four to five months to complete.

Lynne Priestley, spokeswoman for Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, said Women Build is not about excluding men. It is about including women from all walks of life, she said, to address the housing crisis facing millions across the globe.

The event will be at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in downtown Mooresville. It will feature a sampling of fare from several Lake Norman restaurants, including Dressler’s, The Prickly Pear, Jack’s Corner Tap, Fork, Mickey and Mooch, Duckworth’s Grill and Taphouse, Sabi, Sun Up Café, Carolina Pie, South Main Sweet Shop, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Millstone Bakehouse and Provisions, and The Pickled Peach.

A silent and live auction will offer such items for sale as beach and mountain vacations, a luxury car rental, gift baskets and gift certificates.

Katie Pollack Tuttle has chaired Women Build for the past two years and has been a volunteer in the program for more than eight years. One of her favorite things about the program, she said, is seeing a new volunteer walk onto the job site, feeling a bit nervous and out of place, but walking away at the end of the day with a spring of confidence in her step.

“It’s paying it forward, spreading God’s love, and it fills my heart every time,” Tuttle said.

Our Towns Habitat, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, has served Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville since 1988.

The nonprofit organization’s main goal is to provide safe, decent, affordable housing for the local community. According to Our Towns Habitat, more than 5,000 families live in substandard housing in the Lake Norman area.

The Women Build Program is always looking for volunteers, and no experience is necessary to be a construction volunteer.

For information about fundraising or volunteering on the build site, email womenbuild@ourtownshabitat.org.

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