More than three dozen Perdue associates and volunteers – all women – rolled up their sleeves with hammers in hand to help construct a new affordable home in Salisbury, Md., recently for a local family as part of the Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County’s annual Women Build event.

Volunteers, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County, worked side by side on the project that will benefit a Perdue associate, who works at the Perdue harvest plant in Salisbury, and his family.

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The roots of the Women Build event started in 2008 in partnership with Lowes and Habitat for Humanity International. In years past, the event was one-week long with no options for weather related delays or cancellations. This year, the event spanned the entire month of May.

“With an entire month focused on Women Build, more women can engage with the Habitat mission to build Habitat houses, help address the problem of affordable housing in a meaningful way, and assist families achieve the dream of home ownership. We’re so appreciative for Perdue and their associates for lending their support for the greater good of our community,” said Molly Hilligoss, executive director of the Wicomico County Habitat. “With partnerships like Habitat and Perdue, we can improve the lives of so many, right here in Wicomico County.”

Perdue associate Carrie Catlin was participating in her third Habitat Women Build project. “In 2017, we helped with yard work, in 2018 we did demolition and this year we helped nail down the foundation. It’s always exciting to see what new skill we’ll learn each time we participate. I love being able to give back to our community, especially when it helps a fellow associate.”

“Perdue is a family business with a family atmosphere. It was my pleasure to assist a fellow Perdue associate,” said associate Voncia Molock. “Although it was my first time participating with Habitat, it will not be my last.”