TAMPA, FL (April 19, 2017) – Over 130 Hillsborough County women will be donning purple hard hats and swinging purple hammers as they come together for “Women Build” to construct a Habitat for Humanity home for a single mother and her four children. The Women Build construction site, co-sponsored by Skanska and TCM Bank, officially opens to volunteers at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 22nd, when the first team of women volunteers will be working with Candice Cowen to raise the roof trusses on the home for her children.
Women Build is the first women-themed construction event for Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County. In addition to helping fund construction of the Cowen family home, both Skanska and TCM Bank will have several staff members volunteer on the build site. More than 1,200 volunteer hours will have been invested in the Cowen home when Women Build completes all phases of construction in early June.
Cowen, whose oldest daughter is a cancer survivor, has faced financial challenges providing adequate and safe housing for her children. “I’m so grateful to have been accepted into the Habitat program and have the chance to own a home of my own and a safe place to raise my kids,” said Cowen. “I’m also very excited to work alongside so many amazing women who want to help build my home.”
For more information on Women Build, or how to qualify, sponsor or volunteer for a Habitat for Humanity home, please call 813-239-2242.
Skanska is one of the world’s leading construction and development companies in the U.S, serving a broad range of clients including those in transportation, power, industrial, water/wastewater, healthcare, education, sports, data centers, government, aviation and commercial. Skanska applies its expertise to everything from small renovations to billion-dollar projects, using a variety of delivery methods. Skanska has been active in the Tampa Bay area for more than 25 years. Employees participate in community service initiatives year-round, both as an office and as individuals. Skanska seeks ways to engage communities and gives back through donations of food and toys, or fundraising and donation of hard work.
About TCM Bank
TCM Bank, N.A., a subsidiary of ICBA Bancard, serves as a trusted advisor to community banks, helping build and strengthen customer relationships with a market competitive and fully branded consumer and business credit card agent program. Through its Total Card Management program, TCM Bank serves as a direct issuer of credit cards for banks who prefer not to issue cards themselves. We also evaluate and consult on direct-issuing banks’ portfolios, purchase community bank credit card portfolios, and help agent bank partners develop start-up portfolios. TCM Bank is currently partnered with over 750 financial institutions across the United States, and proud to meet the credit card needs of more than 300,000 customers.
About Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County
Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County became an affiliate in 1987 and is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization founded and operated on Christian principles. Habitat Hillsborough is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their housing conditions. Habitat Hillsborough also operates two ReStores at 3738 E. Hillsborough Avenue and 11236 W. Hillsborough Avenue, which offer a wide variety of new and used building materials and home goods at discount prices. Habitat Hillsborough has built over 180 homes across the county. In addition, they serve homeowners through their home preservation program.