Local women's group gets national attention for helping others

Local women's group gets national attention for helping others


by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte Staff


Posted on February 1, 2013 at 6:53 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 1 at 7:00 AM

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- A group of area women are getting national attention for fixing neighbors roofs free of charge. 

The Rutherford County Women Roofers are featured in a January issue of 'People' magazine.  The magazine came out to North Carolina last fall.  The article calls them "heroes among us."

They're getting a lot of attention for their spread but, when this group started 10 years ago it was never about fame and fortune but, about helping people right here in their community. 

The oldest member of the group is 75, and the ladies say they do surprise some people. 

"We stop traffic periodically.  You can see people really slow down when the recognize that there are women up on the roof, " said roofer Nell Perry Bovender. 

The idea for the group started during a service project back in 2002, when only two women showed up.  Lori Herrick was one of those two women. 

"After a full day of of working and cleaning and working on that roof, we decided why couldn't a group of women do this?" 

Over the last ten year the women have roofed 67 homes.  Conditions are often heartbreaking according to Bovender. 

"I've been in mobile homes before that have leaked for so long that the ceiling and the insulation and the wiring have fallen in." 

Last November, People magazine came calling. 

"No i personally didn't think I would be sharing a magazine with JLo," laughs Herrick. 

The ladies say they've had phone calls pouring in from across the nation.  "We've heard from several people that we've encouraged them in their own efforts. 

That's the best part," said Bovender. 

The Women Roofer hope others will lend a hand to others in need. 

"I think the biggest thing is that at the end of the day...You know, you've made a difference.  And so it's very immediate," adds Herrick. 

The Roofer say they couldn't do without the help with the Rutherford Housing Partnership, Inc.  The organization provided the supplies and funds for the roofs.  If you'd like to help, visit their website.