Since 1991, Women Build volunteers from all walks of life have come together to build stronger, safer communities. The Women Build area available to any woman who wants to learn how to build and construct a home and we invite you to join us, no experience is necessary! Volunteers work under the guidance of construction professionals, and alongside other volunteers and future Habitat homeowners. Whether you are learning new skills or simply adding a few more to your tool belt, this is a worthwhile experience for everyone involved, and you can help improve your community.
Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week is an annual week long event created by the Habitat’s Women Build program in partnership with Lowe’s. The program invites women to volunteer at least one day to help families build strength stability and independence through housing. 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 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 Build Week events. Lowe’s also offers how-to clinics to help prepare volunteers for the build site!
The Women Build program was started in 1991 by a group of women in Charlotte, N.C., who completed the first women-built Habitat for Humanity house. After which a handful of Habitat for Humanity affiliates continued to build houses with women crews. By 1998 Habitat for Humanity International formed the Women Build department and the Women Build program becomes an official Habitat for Humanity International initiative. Then only one year later the department hosted the First Ladies Build, which included women governors and first ladies from all 50 states to join together to build houses with families in need.
In 2003 Lowe’s signed on as a Women Build’s underwriter, and Home Interiors and Gifts Inc. became a Women Build’s major sponsors, and since then the program has more than doubled in size! Then in 2008 Lowe’s sponsored the first National Women Build Week, which was held in the days leading up to Mother’s Day. About 6,000 women volunteers participated at over 150 Habitat affiliates across the US. By 2014 the program had build more than 2,300 homes for families in need.
The program continues to grow to this day, and even across international borders, empowering women everywhere to address the need for housing for themselves,their families and their neighbors. International Women Builds have taken place, and the program aims to direct financial assistance to women-led projects worldwide!
Our progress to full funding on our Women Build home!
We ask each Women Build participant to please donate or fundraise $100 per person, or $1,000 for a team of 10, to help us reach our goal of fully funding the Women Build home! Each donation helps pay for construction supplies that are needed to help keep Habitat homes affordable. Each donation is fully tax refundable.
Donations, including sponsorships, can be made online, a monthly gift, mail in check.
For Questions on how you can get involved in a Women’s Build with Greeley Area Habitat for Humanity please contact Cheri at email@example.com or call (970) 351 6766 Ext 102