The Real Housewives of Wentzville are asking for the community’s assistance to win a spot in the Women Build! program of the St. Charles County Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity helps build and repair homes in St. Charles County using volunteer labor and donations, and allows partner families to purchase them with sweat equity and no-profit, no interest mortgages. The Women Build! program is organized and powered by volunteers who want to contribute to meaningful change in their communities.
Maggie Harr, a Wentzville resident who has been involved with Habitat for Humanity for the past 12 years, was tapped to organize a team for the 2018 Women Build! program. Since the teams always have fun names (such as the Boa Constructors!), Harr’s group became the Real Housewives of Wentzville.
“We’ve got about 50 interested, and 30 who are active. And it’s not just women – we have some men on the team, too,” Harr said. The team must, however, meet fundraising goals to earn a spot in the program. At the minimum, the group must raise $2,500. Harr hopes that the group can raise as much as $10,000.
Toward that goal, the Housewives are holding a fundraiser at Wentzville’s Friendship Brewery from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7. Pint glasses with the team’s logo on one side and the Friendship Brewery logo on the other will be available for $5 plus the cost of the beverage.
The event will include a silent auction, a 50/50 drawing, and t-shirt sales.
“It’s partying with a purpose,” Harr said.
Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County is currently in the process of selecting this season’s partner families. The Women Build! program will have a kickoff event in May for the teams to meet. Then ground will be broken and the construction will begin. “We hope to have the families in their new homes by Christmas,” Harr said.
The Real Housewives of Wentzville may stay together for the 2019 Women Build! program, or they may branch out to assist other organizations in the community. “I’m not sure where it’s going to take us,” Harr said.