“The first category is, ‘The City of Destiny!’”
“Seattle is the largest city in Washington and Tacoma is the third largest city in Washington, what is the second largest city in Washington?”
“Spokane!” shouts a woman as she waits for a table in the crowded entrance to the Harmon Brewery and Eatery on Pacific Avenue.
The Harmon hosts Trivia every Thursday night, but on October 9, the Women Build volunteers from Tacoma-Pierce County Habitat for Humanity took over the restaurant.
Women Build is a Habitat for Humanity International program for women who want to learn construction skills.
According to Alison Paradise, Women Build Coordinator, their goal was to raise $1000 dollars. Ten percent of all proceeds from food purchased that night, half the proceeds from trivia entries, and all of the raffle ticket entries contributed to the goal. The event raised $1,032 for Women Build, not including the proceeds from food purchases.
Volunteers in Red Shirts from last year’s build with tool belts from Lowe’s around their waists dashed through the dining area to sell tickets for six raffle gift baskets. The baskets featured items such as a Stiletto Framing Hammer and a two night Seattle Get-Away, which included a two-night stay at The Camlin.
Kathleen, who started volunteering with Women Build when her children moved out of the house, loves that the group provides a space to learn skills without feeling incompetent.
“It’s just a lot of fun to do, to be part of our community and make it a better place to live. It’s fun to learn new skills like framing windows, building sockets,” Kathleen said.
The Tacoma-Pierce County Habitat for Humanity hopes to build an entire house from foundation to dedication this year, starting on the National Women Build Kickoff Day on Saturday, May 9, 2015.