Students from Walker Valley High School received a sponsorship from OneMain Financial to participate in Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland’s Women Build initiative. The sponsorship allowed a group of female students from the high school to serve during Habitat’s annual pay-to-play fundraiser that is building homes for two deserving families in Bradley County. Lara Davidson, book keeper for Walker Valley High School and team chaperone, was excited to partner with Habitat for Humanity for the second consecutive year. After getting to experience Women Build with a group of students in 2016, Davidson learned a lot about Habitat and hopes to continue involving students in the future.
“It was a very educational experience,” Davidson said. “It was good to let the girls experience that, but also now to be hooked to the experience. I want to come every year and bring a new group of girls with me every year.”
OneMain Financial has served local communities for over 100 years with a focus on responsible lending, according to their website. Their commitment to community-minded service propels their partnership with the Women Build initiative. Evie Correa works as a personal loan specialist with OneMain Financial and said the company is proud of their continued efforts in the community.
“We take great pride in supporting and partnering with Habitat for Humanity to continue the development of our local economy,” Correa said. “Our main focus is to help this community continue to grow stronger.”
Through the support of local businesses and community volunteers, Habitat for Humanity is helping pave the way to a better future for families of Bradley County. The Women Build initiatives furthers the efforts to unites Habitat for Humanity with local women to raise money and build homes for two families: Sheila Bell and her granddaughters as well as Jose and Rhina Basora and their two sons. These two families will work alongside volunteers to build their own homes, while also completing classes about homeownership and finances to prepare them for the future.