Each year, one build is selected to be our Women Build. Any woman who wants to learn how to build a home is invited to join us! No experience is necessary. Volunteers are guided by construction professionals and work alongside other volunteers and future homeowners. Whether you are learning new skills or just looking for something new and exciting, this is a rewarding experience for all involved.
Join us for Women Build 2017
Orientation and Skills Training – Wednesday, February 22nd at 8am
For new and returning builders alike. Get acquainted with construction tools and techniques, while meeting our staff, the future homeowner and other volunteers. Reserve your spot in the orientation using the contact information provided below.
Wall Raising Ceremony – Wednesday, March 1st at 10am
The wall-raising ceremony is the “official” start of home construction. Meet the family and help to lift the first wall of the home.
On-going Construction Volunteer Opportunities
Wednesdays and Fridays from 8am to 12pm and Saturdays from 8:30am to 12:30pm
Frequently asked questions
Are men allowed?
Yes, men are welcome. In fact, 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.
I can’t attend the orientation and training. Can I still volunteer?
Yes! Each day on the construction site, our staff and crew leaders will train volunteers on the skills needed for that day. The orientation and training will provide an overview of many of the skills that Women Builders will use over the course of home construction. The training will be a good opportunity to learn and/or refresh construction skills, but it is not required.
Do I have to commit to the entire build?
No, you don’t have to volunteer for the entire build. Volunteers can help out in whatever capacity is convenient for your schedule. Whether that is one day, once a week or once a month, your help is welcome! We just ask that you use the calendar to sign up for each day that you want to help.
The calendar says that the day I want to help is full. Can I still come?
We set a maximum number of volunteers for each day to ensure that we have enough tools, tasks and supervisors to have a safe and productive day on the construction site. When we reach the maximum capacity for each day, you can add your name to the waiting list. If another volunteer cancels or opportunities become available, volunteers on the waiting list will become active and you’ll receive an email notification. Feel free to contact us (see below) if you have any questions about the schedule.
Does Women Build work internationally?
Yes, even though ownership and property rights for women can be particularly challenging in some countries. Through Women Build, we can increase our advocacy efforts on these important issues while collecting valuable information which demonstrates the many benefits of female ownership. We are also partnering with several nongovernmental organizations to assist in giving these women a voice. Learn more about our international work.
How does Habitat empower women?
Our goal with Women Build is to empower women to help families build strength, stability, and independence. At Habitat, we have the ability to provide opportunities for hands-on learning, and given these tools, women can succeed in changing their communities.
Women Build contact information