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More women on Habitat for Humanity work sites, and that's not the only change

There are some big changes taking place in the Glenwood Community in Evansville this summer. Not only are more houses going up on Morton Avenue, but the faces building them may not be who you would expect.

"I think it'd be fun to do this a lot more," says one female volunteer.

"I've definitely never built a house before," says another.

Neither have most women, and that's exactly the point.

"Traditionally construction and the building process just seems really male dominated. The idea of just coming out here, using a hammer for the first time, putting up siding, those things really just intimidate women," says Jo Beth Bootz Communications Manager for the Habitat for Humanity of Evansville.

Heather Husk is also volunteering on the Women Build project, "Hammering is not my forte. Nails don't always go straight into the wood," she says.

The dozens of women hammering away are doing so as part of the Women Build initiative.

The increase in women isn't the only change for Habitat for Humanity this summer.

Right next door, a second home is going up. These are just two of the four houses that are being built on the street alone this summer.

The high number of Habitat for Humanity houses on one street isn't a coincidence. It's the result of research.

"What we found is that this block by block approach, this grouping houses together has a much greater impact. We're trying to build up this community even more as opposed to just building a house here or there," says Bootz.

More and more women want to be part of that change.

"It's really empowering and it just shows we can come out and build houses," says Jennifer Miller who is also volunteering.

Bootz says both those houses should be finished by about mid-September.

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