What is Women Build?
Women Build empowers women to proactively serve their communities, working together to build strength, stability and self-reliance, through affordable housing. At Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, the Women Build program funds and builds a new Habitat home every other year.
Our current Women Build house kicked off with Framing Day on October 27, with completion in early February. A volunteer Women Build committee is responsible for fundraising, recruiting volunteers, and organizing crew leaders for each day of the build (11 Saturday build days in total). This build will provide approximately 180 volunteer opportunities for women interested in working on the construction site.
Why Women Build?
Women and children are most likely to be affected by poor living conditions; by working together, we can build permanent solutions to the affordable housing needs in our own community.
Women Build is a positive environment where women can come together to learn the skills needed to build a home, or put the skills they already have to use as they build affordable homes and train other women. Women Build is empowering, as well as a wonderful way to create new relationships with other women and strengthen existing ones.
Who can be part of Women Build?
Volunteers age 16 and older are welcome. No previous construction experience is necessary. Women Build volunteer opportunities are a great time to sign up for your first Habitat build, perhaps with a daughter, sister, aunt or niece!
And yes, men are welcome. In fact, on some Women Builds, the future homeowner or part of the training staff may be men. Women Build provides a place for women to learn the skills needed to build a home, but that does not exclude men from participating.
How do I get involved?
It’s easy! Check out the schedule of volunteer opportunities, then sign up for a build day through our volunteer registration portal. To learn more about what to expect from a Habitat build experience, visit the Construction Volunteer section of our website. If you’d like to help with fundraising, organizing and recruiting other volunteers by serving on our Women Build committee, complete the interest form below.