Richmond, VA - October 19, 2020 – Colliers Cares, a community service initiative curated by the Colliers Virginia office, sponsored Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build event this past Friday. The program brings together women from all walks of life to address the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide.
In 2018, Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity engaged 196 women during Women Build and its goal this year is to raise $50,000 and over 200 local women to help build a new home. Women from Colliers’ REMS division worked together to assist with carpentry for this year’s Women Build homeowner, Spring Cambric.
Spring enlisted in the Navy at the age of 16 and remained in the Navy for ten years, achieving the rank of Petty Office Second Class. After, she joined the Virginia Army National Guard, serving eight and a half years before medically retiring. Spring now works at the Entrance Processing Station at Fort Lee Military Base. She is a single mother to four children and has been dreaming of owning her own home, somewhere they can decorate and a place they will feel safe and secure. She wants to set the example to her children that they can own their own home if they work hard enough for it.
“We’re so glad this program was able to happen. We signed up to volunteer with Women Build back in February but with COVID it was delayed. This was probably the first time most of us did any type of carpentry work, it was both exciting and empowering to learn these new skills and put them to work. The AmeriCorps volunteers who were with us were great guides and taught us everything we needed to know.” said Jessica Butterworth, Director of Engineering Services REMS|Virginia. “The house is going to be beautiful and were thankful to have been part of this great gesture, Spring and her family deserve every bit of it. We cannot wait to see the unveiling of the home in November and look forward to our next event with Women Build.”
Colliers’ Laura Barnes, Meredith Barnes, Jessica Butterworth, Nicole Botkin, Jullieanne Cueto and Clare O’Dea volunteered on Friday, October 16th, installing flooring in the bedrooms, window trim and base boards throughout the house. Spring’s new house is expected to debut around Thanksgiving.