Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build team is kicking off its 2013 program, during which women volunteers will be offered training and then build the seventh Women Build house in Aiken County.

The 2013 schedule includes:January 19 “How to Safely Use Hand and Power Tools”January 26 “How to Frame for Walls and Roofs – Part I”February 2 “How to Frame for Walls and Roofs – Part II”February 9 “How to Install Exterior Siding”February 16 “How to Install Insulation and Drywall”February 23 “How to Install Roof Shingles”

An organizational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the sanctuary of the South Aiken Presbyterian Church, 1711 Whiskey Road, where more information on the training and project will be provided to all volunteers interested in helping.

As in past years, Lowe’s of Aiken on Whiskey Road will provide free training clinics for interested women from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays leading up to the beginning of the Women Build home construction.

Volunteer work days will be held on Fridays and Saturdays beginning on March 1, and the home is expected to be completed by the end of June. The Women Build team believes the program provides a great environment for women to gain lifelong skills and make new friends while helping a deserving partner family, and invites women of all ages to join in.

Experienced male Habitat volunteers will provide guidance and assistance, but the house will be built primarily by the women volunteers.

Advance registration is required for the free clinics at Lowe’s, and volunteers may register online by visiting habitataiken.org and clicking on the VolunteerUp button. During the registration process, select “Women Build” as the team name and provide an email address so the team can keep you informed as more details are finalized.

For general questions or help with the registration process, call Suzanne Castillo at Habitat for Humanity at 642-9295, ext. 105.