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Women Build 2019-2020

Women Build

Solutions for Families in Need of Affordable Housing

Women Build is Habitat for Humanity’s initiative to empower women to address the affordable housing crisis in our community. Join our volunteer crew – 70 percent or more will be women (!) – and enable 2 families in need of affordable housing to achieve the dream of homeownership.

Join the Fun!

Build

Women Build days are Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Most volunteers sign up on their own and group opportunities for your company, club, etc. are also available.

Individuals can sign up on our volunteer calendar (coming soon). Group requests can be made through our online form or get in touch with Sarah at volunteer@beacheshabitat.org or (904) 595-5793.

Ground Breaking

Join us as we break ground to kick off the start of Women Build. All are welcome to attend the ceremony. All are welcome, no registration necessary.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: 2568 Haywood Estates Lane, Jacksonville, FL 32233

Dedication Ceremony

Just before a family closes on the mortgage for their new home, we bring the community together one last time. Through prayer, song, and celebration, we'll welcome the families into their new home with the help of the volunteers and supporters who made its construction possible. All are welcome, no registration necessary.

Date: TBD
Notifications will be sent 3 to 4 weeks in advance.

Other Events

We're working on some other activities to help build relationships among our Women Build crew. They'll also be a great first step for friends and family to get a peek at the Women Build program. Join our email list to be notified of upcoming Women Build events.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 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 email volunteer@beacheshabitat.org or call (904) 595-5793 if you have any questions about the schedule.

Do I need construction experience?

Construction experience is NOT necessary! Volunteers are guided by our knowledgable construction staff, AmeriCorps members and volunteer crew leaders, working 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.

Am I too old / young / [insert other adjective here]?

Our goal is to be as inclusive as possible! For safety reasons, and because of labor laws/OSHA, we require volunteers to be at least 16 years old (parental consent is required for 16 and 17 year olds). Other than that, if you are willing to learn and be part of our team, you are welcome.

For our full list of construction site recommendations and requirements, visit our Build page.

Why a build just for women?

Sometimes women are intimidated by the idea of construction or are worried that they may be the only woman on site or any number of other things that may keep a woman from volunteering with Habitat. Women Build removes some of the barriers to make volunteer construction more comfortable for those who may be hesitant to join a "traditional" build.

Also, women are pretty amazing! Women Build is fun, empowering and a great way to be active and meet new people!

Are men allowed?

Yes, men are welcome. In fact, the future homeowner or part of the leadership team 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 does Habitat for Humanity homeownership work?

Families in need of decent, affordable housing apply for homeownership with their local Habitat for Humanity.

Each local Habitat’s family selection committee selects homeowners based on three criteria:

  • The applicant’s level of need.
  • Their willingness to partner with Habitat.
  • Their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan.

As part of their willingness to partner, Habitat’s homebuyers invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners.

Habitat for Humanity follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing Habitat’s homeowners.

Visit our Get Help page to learn more.