On Tuesday, June 17, 2014, a group of 10 volunteers from the Milwaukee Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) will come together with Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity to help a single mother build a stronger future for herself and her three children. Working with Habitat staff and soon-to-be homeowner Keanna Franklin, the NCWB volunteers will help to start framing a new affordable home located at 2123 North 41st Street in Milwaukee.
Nationally founded in 1981 and locally established in 2008, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Milwaukee Chapter was formed to develop socially conscious female leaders who are committed to furthering equity and empowerment for women of color, improving the environment of their neighborhoods, rebuilding their communities and enhancing the quality of public and private resources for the growth and development of disadvantaged youth.
“At the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, we’re committed to advocating for and working towards social change in our city,” says Natasha King, president of Milwaukee Chapter. “We’re interested in sustainable solutions, and that’s why we strive to partner with organizations like Milwaukee Habitat. What we’re helping Keanna to build is a long-term asset – not only will she be building equity as a homeowner over the years, she’ll be able to pass this house down to her kids one day.”
The house NCWB volunteers will help to construct is one of three new homes that Milwaukee Habitat is framing during their June “Blitz Build” week (June 17-22). The organization is focusing its efforts in the Washington Park neighborhood: building new homes, completely rehabbing foreclosed properties, helping homeowners make needed home repairs, and partnering with residents on a range of revitalization activities to improve the neighborhood’s overall quality of life.
“It’s a great opportunity to put our mission into action, especially because we’re volunteering on Habitat’s Women Build home,” says King. “Empowering women to achieve stability and create new opportunities for economic growth is one of our organization’s primary goals.”
This is the second time that the NCBW is working on a Women Build home with Milwaukee Habitat. Started in 1998, Habitat’s Women Build program recruits, educates and nurtures women to build and advocate for simple, decent and affordable houses in their communities. Last fall, NCBW volunteers helped lay the foundation of a house that will become home to Juanita Dodd and her two children later this summer.