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Colliers Gives Back | Women Build 2022

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Colliers Richmond participated in Habitat for Humanity’s 2022 Women Build

RICHMOND, VA, June 23, 2022 – A group of 12 Colliers women participated in the Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity Women Build on Friday, June 17th. The team was excited to participate in its third Women Build event.

Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program brings women together to address the housing crisis facing many women and children worldwide. Last year, 236 women participated in the Richmond Metropolitan Women Build. This year they hope to engage even more participants to complete projects for families in need of housing.

The Colliers group worked on two different projects. One is located in the Church Hill neighborhood and is being renovated for the Morton Family. The other is for the Boyd Family and located in the Highland Park neighborhood. Habitat for Humanity shared the stories of these two deserving families.

Brenda Morton knows what is means to work hard to achieve her goals. The biggest challenge she overcame growing up was achieving her dream of going to college. Brenda worked hard and received financial aid to attend VCU. At the time, she was the only black student in her major – Advertising. Brenda’s determination paid off – she graduated on time and achieved her goal of being a college graduate. Brenda, now 67 years old, works for Richmond Public Schools as an Instructional Assistant. Her new goal is to become a homeowner and she’s going to do everything it takes to achieve it.

Donyna Boyd enlisted in the United States Army at the young age of 17. She was motivated to serve her country and saw it as a way to see the world. While in the Army, Donyna served as an Ammunition Specialist and was awarded several medals in recognition of her service. While not currently active, Donyna still serves as a member of the Army Reserves. She is now a mother to four young children and ready to find a stable and afforable home to raise her family.

Although it was a hot day, the Colliers group was happy to volunteer their time to install sheetrock and paint to support these women.

“It warms my heart to see my coworkers volunteer their time to support such a wonderful cause.” said Jessica Butterworth, director of engineering services for REMS|Virginia. “Although none of us are expert painters or sheetrock installers, the energy these women brought to assist in getting these houses ready for the families was incredible. The heat did not stop us from having a good time and getting a lot of work done. I was proud to work with this group of ladies and it warms my heart to know that the work we completed benefits a family in need.”

 

About Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity

Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity joined the affordable housing effort in 1986, serving the City of Richmond, Henrico County and Chesterfield County. Since then, Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity has built more than 365 homes for local families. After qualifying for our program, our homebuyers complete 10 financial and homeownership education classes, monthly one-on-one budgeting sessions, and 350 of “sweat equity” helping to build their homes and the homes of others. Along with our homebuyers, generous volunteers and donors, we have restored the hope and dignity that substandard, unaffordable, and overcrowded housing often strips away. To learn more, visit www.richmondhabitat.org.


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