Katie Lammers has been selected as the honoree for Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity’s 10th Women Build home. She fits right into the Habitat family as she has been in the remodeling business for 35 years. Katie and her husband, Dan, own Lammers Construction Services which has the largest staff of woman carpenters of any remodeling company in Iowa City. Katie has volunteered her time as well as her staff’s time on the construction of Habitat homes for 15 years. Katie also works with Kirkwood’s Carpentry program to host interns who have the chance to learn skills while working alongside her expert staff.
Equally as important as Katie Lammers’ long-term service to Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity and her construction experience is her dedication and commitment to giving back to the community and supporting organizations that provide assistance to under-served populations. Katie stays active in volunteering her time with Iowa City’s Mayor’s Youth Empowerment Program (MYEP). She has served on the MYEP board as well as the board president. Each summer, Katie plans and coordinates a Summer Tennis Camp with the organization. The program allows MYEP to give tennis lessons to people with special needs.
The Katie Lammers Women Build will kick off in earnest during National Women Build Week in early May with a construction event gathering volunteers to build the walls of the Women Build home. On May 5, Katie and the Women Build committee will host the annual Christine Grant 5K Run/Walk to work toward their $50,000 fundraising goal. The bulk of constructing the Katie Lammers Women Build home will occur between August and November. Hammers and Hardhats, an annual auction fundraiser, takes place on October 4 at the Coralville Marriott.
[Katie] is always willing to share her leadership, passion and talents to make our community a better place to live and grow. Her constant dedication and involvement in our community is an outstanding gift. I can’t think of a more deserving Women Build Honoree.”
Each year, IVHFH seeks an influential woman in the community to honor with the Women Build. The honoree works with a committee of women to raise $50,000 in local donations and recruit volunteers to construct a home alongside an approved Habitat applicant. Along with the efforts of the Women Build committee, a local family will partner with IVHFH to build an energy-efficient home that they will purchase with an affordable home mortgage. The Habitat homeownership program ensures that the household pays no more than 30% of their income to cover housing costs allowing more of their funds to be dedicated toward other essentials like education, health and transportation.
Katie and the Women Build committee encourage everyone, regardless of gender, to take part in any way they can, whether that is swinging a hammer, providing food for volunteers, making in kind donations or financial donations or registering to attend fundraising events.
We envision a world in which each person has a decent place to live. Locally, we partner with both current and future homeowners, local businesses, residents and social service organizations to construct and renovate safe, decent, affordable housing in Cedar, Iowa, Johnson and Washington Counties.