Women Build

WBWebPageEach 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 our next Women Build

Wall Raising Ceremony – Saturday, Nov. 18 at 10:30am

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

Keep in touch with our Women Build community! Follow Women Build on FaceBook or join our Women Build Email List

Women Build Contact
Sarah Jared, Community Relations Manager
Phone
904-595-5793
Email
volunteer@beacheshabitat.org

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.

Do I have to attend an orientation before volunteering?
No. Each day on the construction site, our staff and crew leaders will train volunteers on the skills needed for that day. We do provide orientation and training  from time to time with an overview of many of the skills that Women Builders will use over the course of home construction. If you’re interested in participating in a future training, add your name to our Women Build Email List to receive notifications of upcoming events.

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.