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, while in the process learning new skills and helping to improve lives and communities. Women Build brings together women from all walks of life to address the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide. In 2015, an estimated 15,000 women participated across the US and Women Build crews have built more than 2,300 Habitat homes.
Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity 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 experience 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 of all ages to learn new skills, build relationships, and build their community. Women Build is about empowering women, not about excluding men. There are several opportunities to get involved!
Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week is an annual weeklong event created by Habitat’s Women Build program in partnership with Lowe’s. The program invites women to devote at least one day to help families build strength, stability and independence through shelter. The week is meant to spotlight the homeownership challenges faced by women.
National Women Build Week is held the week leading up to Mother’s Day with Lowe’s generously donating nearly $2 million dollars and volunteer support. Hosting the event during this week reinforces the message that every woman can make a difference through learning and using construction skills. More than 98,000 women from all 50 states have volunteered at the nine previous National Women Build Week events.
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.
Join Habitat’s Women Build Committee
Even those who don’t want to pick up a hammer can serve in supportive roles, help raise money to build and recruit other Women Build volunteers. Help us kick off Steaks & Stilettos, a Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity fundraising event that supports Women Build. Steaks & Stilettos is a fun-filled sparkling event that includes a formal dinner, specialty ‘Stiletto’ cakes, raffles, silent auction, door prizes and more.
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.
Contact us with questions about Women Build.