Mayor Brian Bowman lent a hand on Monday to help build Habitat for Humanity homes in Winnipeg.

Bowman picked up the hammer after first presenting a donation of $3,000 — money that came from his State of the City address in March — to Habitat for Humanity Manitoba CEO Sandy Hopkins.

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Mayor Brian Bowman volunteered with Habitat for Humanity Manitoba on Monday to help build a home on Ross Avenue. (Trevor Brine/CBC)

"Habitat does tremendous work in our city, building safe, affordable housing for purchase by low-income working families in our community. I am pleased to donate a portion of the proceeds from my inaugural State of the City address … so they can continue to positively impact the lives of deserving Winnipeggers," said Bowman.

Local businessman Albert El Tassi, CEO of Peerless Garments, matched Bowman's contribution with a personal donation, making the donation to Habitat a total of $6,000.