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Mortenson and Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver for Women’s Engagement Weekend

On May 6-7, women from across Mortenson’s Denver operating group came together for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver’s Women’s Engagement Weekend.

The event was part of Mortenson’s recently announced multi-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver to engage women leaders and provide construction skills training for women while supporting the creation of more affordable housing in Denver.

During the two-day intensive, female leaders from Mortenson provided training sessions to participants. Skills building included demonstrations and hands-on practice with the following tools: circular saws, compound miter saws, impact drills, chalk lines, speed square, and effective use of tape measurers. Mortenson supplied safety goggles, gloves, WIC water bottles and tape measurers for each participant. Following the training session, the more than two dozen volunteers spent the rest of the day putting their newly learned skills to work building a house.

“Our inaugural Women’s Engagement Weekend with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver is a great example not only of Mortenson’s commitment to building stronger communities and a more diverse construction workforce but also of the huge heart that our team members bring to everything they do,” said Maja Rosenquist, senior vice president at Mortenson. “It was incredible to see so many women working together on a job site, supporting one another, developing their skills, and delivering much-needed affordable housing here in the Aria neighborhood.”

For over 35 years, in addition to financial contributions, Mortenson Denver has participated in annual volunteer opportunities at the various Habitat build sites throughout the state. The company announced the more formal partnership in March during its annual industry event celebrating Women in Construction Week. Additional activities as part of the partnership will include:

  • Quarterly skills-building classes for Habitat’s Women Build Warriors taught by Mortenson’s female leaders. Mortenson will develop the curriculum and Habitat will invite participants and host training sessions at its production shop. The skills-building classes will be announced through the Women Build quarterly newsletter.
  • Teambuilding days on Habitat construction sites allowing Mortenson’s women employees to practice and master specific construction skills they’ve learned through Mortenson’s own Women’s Skills Nights.

 

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