Habitat Women Build signup, Boca Helping Hands’ grocery needs

Habitat recruiting for Women Build: South Palm Beach County’s Habitat for Humanity 2021 Women Build is offering a “Build Your Way” theme with three options to help construct and raise money for a new home for a Habitat family.

Construction days in May will be expanded and shifts will be limited to 10 participants. No experience necessary. Hardhats  provided. Habitat construction professionals supervise.

Instead, from home, Women Builders can choose to receive a home goods build and design kit with instructions. Once the kit project is complete and returned to Habit here, it will be donated to a Habitat family. Or Women Builders can join the “Sisterhood of the Pink Hard Hat” from home, help raise funds now, receive the Women Build swag bag, and schedule a build day later, according to the announcement.

The pre-event will be a drive-in kickoff by Town Center at Boca Raton in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue exclusively for registered 2021 Women Builders. To attend, a Women Builder must register by Tuesday, April 6. Returning as mother/daughter co-chairs, Beverly Raphael Altman and Robyn Raphael-Dynan and other women community leaders are recruiting builders.

To set up an online fundraising page or learn more about Women Build sponsorships, use that link or contact Marta Knowles at or call 561-819-6070, ext. 208 during business hours.

The new home is for Suzie Michel, a widowed, single mom raising four sons, ages 4 to 11. Michel works as a property manager in Delray Beach. She is committed to fulfilling the 300 sweat equity hours and 100 hours of financial literacy and home ownership curriculum required, the announcement said.

Boca Helping Hands expands pantry bags distribution: Boca Helping Hands is expanding its drive-thru pantry bag distribution hours to occupy the previous time slot for the Thursday night sit-down family dinner. It has been almost a year since BHH suspended the dinners due to the pandemic.

The drive-thru pantry bag (groceries) distribution will now be 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursdays at the East Boca main facility,  1500 NW First Court. This expansion will help accommodate people who work during the day, since the Pantry Bag Program often serves as a supplement to workers’ income so that they can afford other necessities. In 2019, BHH was serving 6,018 families and last year added an additional 3,435 families to the Pantry Bag Program.

“For those in our community looking to help or give back, we’re in need of perishable items such as new and unopened meat/protein, dairy products (milk and eggs), fresh fruits and vegetables. They can be dropped off 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon at our main facility in East Boca,” said executive director Greg Hazle. “We also encourage supporters to donate on our website as we can stretch their dollar with wholesale prices.”


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