- Associated Press - Monday, May 12, 2014

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A group of women gained some building skills and a Dubuque woman got a new wooden shed through an effort organized by Habitat for Humanity.

The volunteers spent most of Saturday building the shed for Debbie Beck, who has been struggling with projects around her home since her husband’s death last October, according to the Telegraph Herald (https://bit.ly/1mRHG69).

Beck said her husband had several projects in the works when he died.

“He could do anything with construction,” Beck said of her husband. “Now I’m lost. I don’t know how to (finish it).”

Organizers of Dubuque Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build project chose to build the shed, which helps Beck and gives volunteers more experience on home improvement. It’s the fourth year of the Women Build event.

A few male contractors helped oversee the project, but women made up most of the workforce.

Dubuque Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Eric Veltstra said the group hopes to attract more women to such volunteer projects.

“This is the first chance a lot of these women get to do home improvement work,” he said.

Rachel Le Vely, an engineer with John Deere Dubuque Works, was among several volunteers who are members of the Dubuque Chapter of Society of Women Engineers. Le Vely said the project was a great way to gain skill on home repairs and use of power tools.

“I know a lot about design work, but I haven’t actually done much with power tools,” Le Vely said. “I look forward to doing it again next year.”

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com

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