What is Women Build?

Women Build is Habitat for Humanity’s program founded in 1991 for women who want to take concrete action in building strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. Participants learn new skills and help to improve lives and communities locally. Women Build brings together women from all walks of life to address the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide. According to Habitat for Humanity International, an estimated 15,000 women participate annually across the US, and Women Build crews have built more than 2,300 Habitat homes.

Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program provides an opportunity for women to take a proactive step toward providing decent, affordable shelter for everyone in Linn and Benton counties. No prior experience is necessary. Women build is dedicated to helping women gain the construction skills and experience they need to build a Habitat home. This is a great opportunity for women to learn new skills, build relationships, and build their community.

Opportunities to Get Involved

Build on Site

Women CAN and DO build, and they build great Habitat homes. Join our construction crew leaders on the build site. There are many tasks regardless of experience. Habitat Women Build crews have included women from their teens well into their retirement years. On Habitat build sites, women have often proved themselves every bit as capable as men or mixed-gender crews. Men are often involved in Women Build training programs and build projects in supportive roles and as subcontractors when women from the necessary trade are not available.

Attend Women Build Classes

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Make your voice heard. Become advocates for policies that help remove barriers to adequate, affordable housing. Take action by asking your government representatives to change the system, policies, attitudes and institutional behaviors that lead to inadequate housing. Send a message to your representatives here.

Please contact us with any questions about Women Build.