COSHOCTON -- Volunteers from across the county are gearing up to give their time and talents to the second Women Build in Coshocton County. This is the first Habitat home to be built locally for a veteran.

In preparation for the build in West Lafayette, volunteers will participate in a "How-To" clinic on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at Lowe's in Zanesville. They will be instructed in the use and safety of power tools. They will also learn how to frame a home and other construction skills, enabling them to support Habitat projects across the country.

Lowe's, underwriter of Habitat's Women Build Program, has committed more than a million dollars to National Women Build Week in support of nearly 300 participating affiliates. National Women Build Week is one of the major initiatives supported through Lowe's five year, $20 million pledge to Habitat. As the underwriter of the Women Build Program since 2004, Lowe's conducts the clinics at their stores.

There were 26 women who participated in the training last year. Based on the number of women who have joined teams from a variety of organizations, the number being trained this year should increase. It is hoped that more women will volunteer in future Habitat projects once they have been through the clinic provided by Lowe's Home Centers.

There is always a need for volunteers in a number of capacities that don't require specialized training. If you would like to be a part of helping Habitat's efforts you may volunteer by calling 740-623-2764 or go to the Habitat web site and click on the "Volunteer Up" link.