What is Women Build?
Women Build began as a local program in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1991 and spread through other Habitat affiliates until it was adopted by Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). It is now happening across this country, as well as in many other countries.
Women Build specifically seeks women volunteers in an effort to enable and empower local women, encouraging them to make a difference by building homes and communities. As stated in a 2004 HFHI newsletter, “Women Build is not about excluding men; it is about including women.” Over the years, the women volunteering have ranged from seasoned workers to local high school students learning how they can help make a difference.
Lowe's is the national partner for Women Build. Their financial support provides us with the opportunity to have hands-on clinics for volunteers to learn valuable construction skills. Women are trained in areas such as power tools safety, framing, roofing, installation of siding as well as other skills - all in a safe and controlled environment. Women are free to learn and encourage each other each step along the way.
Why Should I Participate in a Women Build?
Women Build is Habitat for Humanity's volunteer program for women who want to learn construction skills and make a difference by building homes and communities. In addition to the good feelings of knowing that they are helping others in need, women also receive a myriad of benefits from participating. Those who have volunteered in the past commented that they:
- gained experience
- increased their skill level
- became better equipped to do maintenance on their homes
- experienced an environment in which they felt comfortable learning construction skills they might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn
- learned language to talk with/understand professional contractors doing work on their own homes in the future
2010 Women Build Home was a great success!
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In May, 2011 the Women Build 2010 home was dedicated to the Wellar family. The Wellar home is located in the Thompson Place community on Woodycrest Street, State College. Construction began in August 2010 and was completed in May. THANK YOU to all who prayerfully helped us bring the reality of affordable, decent housing to the Wellar family. The Women Build committee thanks our wonderful volunteers and sponsors who have come alongside us in this mission.
We look forward to seeing all of our new friends as we work together in the future on more Habitat for Humanity projects.
Picture of Ms. Wellar with one of her three children, with some of the Women Build team members and Dale the site superintendent at the House Dedication
Support Future Habitat for Humanity Homes by Honoring Loved Ones in Your Life
Honor a Woman Program
HFHGCC and the Women Build Steering Committee invites you to celebrate mothers who are working hard to provide a brighter future for their children. When you choose to "Honor a Woman" with your gift to HFHGCC, you are making dreams possible for a family in our community. Make a gift in honor or memory of a special woman in your life and help build a home for a family in need.
Sponsor a Stud Program
HFHGCC and the Women Build Steering Committee encourage you to think about all of the men who have journeyed with you through life. Each man played a special role: as support, encouragement, counsel, accountability partner or lifelong friend. Remember or recognize these special men in a very unique way . . . "Sponsor a Stud" in their name!
You can Honor a Woman or Sponsor a Stud for donations, starting at only $20. Not only can you help pay for the walls of a home, but you can write their name and a word of encouragement or scripture on the stud at the construction site. What better way to get involved in the life of a family in our community than to surround them in prayer and support . . . LITERALLY!
HFHGCC will contact you to schedule a time to visit a site to sign your stud.