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A woman for women: Linda Seitz

In 2009, with the support of her two adult children, Linda left Columbus, Ohio and moved to Tucson for a job with the University of Arizona. She had always known about Habitat for Humanity and kept her eyes on it, especially with ambassadors such as Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter.

After 30 years of working in higher education and fundraising, Linda retired in 2015. It was then that she decided it was time to check Habitat Tucson out for herself: “I came over here and said, ‘How can I help?‘“ Linda jumped right in and has supported the Habitat mission in a variety of roles including at the front desk, as a member of several committees, and as a family partner. She also tried her hand at construction for a while. There, she met Linda Marble and made several friends! Then, she got involved with raising funds for Women Build.

Over 20 years, she’s given Habitat Tucson over 1,300 hours and many financial contributions.

She’s a monthly donor, also known as part of the “Carpenter’s Club.” Linda says,

“I give monthly because it puts me in a position of being able to give more. I can work it into my monthly budget. If I took the amount that I give monthly, multiply it by 12, and thought ’Okay, now it’s December, I’m gonna write my donation check,’ I would not be able to write a check for that amount because it wouldn’t work with my personal budget. That’s why I give monthly: so that I can give more and not have to think about it because it just comes out of my credit card automatically.”

We asked Linda what initially motivated her to get involved with Women Build. She said, “I thought: this is a great thing! Having women build a home – for women. I’m all about women’s issues nationally and locally. Women Build is just a perfect way to get involved and make a difference.”

Linda gives to Habitat Tucson monthly with the hope to raise women up. “Especially women who are in low-income situations, who can’t get a job, can’t get an education. I want to help lift them up into a more secure position. Of course, homeownership makes for a stable living situation.”

With tremendous enthusiasm, she expressed, “I always give to Women Build because I believe in that cause. I believe in the mission. I don’t look at my gift individually, I look at it as part of the whole of the funds to help build homes for women. That’s what I hope to achieve… helping a woman get into a wonderful house.”

Become a monthly donor like Linda today!

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