Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week is an annual week-long 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 housing.
Though our neighborhoods are comprised largely of women and children, they are also the population’s most likely to be affected by poor living conditions. Our Women Build events provide the opportunity for women to take a proactive step in serving their communities.
Women Build opportunities are available across the U.S., and any woman who wants to learn how to build and construct a home is invited to join us. No experience is necessary. Volunteers work under the guidance of construction professionals, and also alongside other volunteers and future Habitat homeowners. Whether you are learning new skills or simply adding a few to your tool belt, this is a rewarding experience for all involved, and improves the community that you share.
Women Build is also a terrific way to involve your friends and family of all ages in crucial work with a lasting impact. Women helping women sends a positive and powerful message. You can also come alone, and make new friends. The atmosphere is collaborative and friendly.
Are you ready to build with us?
There are several ways you can get involved
- Learn new construction skills needed to effectively contribute to Habitat’s mission.
- Build or renovate houses at a Women Build event.
- Join other community volunteers and homeowners to build strength and stability through shelter.
- Contact our affiliate to find out if a Women Build is occurring near you.
- Learn about Women Build’s international work.
- Donate to Women Build.
Frequently asked questions
Are men allowed?
Yes, men are welcome. In fact, the future homeowner or part of the training staff 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.
Does Women Build work internationally?
Yes, even though ownership and property rights for women can be particularly challenging in some countries. Through Women Build, we can increase our advocacy efforts on these important issues while collecting valuable information which demonstrates the many benefits of female ownership. We are also partnering with several nongovernmental organizations to assist in giving these women a voice. Learn more about our international work.
How does Habitat empower women?
Our goal with Women Build is to empower women to help families build strength, stability and independence. We at Habitat have the ability to provide opportunities for hands-on learning, and given these tools, women can succeed in changing their communities.
Calling all Campus Chapters
Campus Chapters are invited to organize a Women Build event in their area.
Habitat affiliates can coordinate with Campus Chapters to host a Women Build and participate in some of the Lowe’s training clinics. Contact us to learn more.
Women Build contact information
610-373-3439 ext. 305
Email: Penny Hummel
Habitat for Humanity of Berks County
531 Canal Street, Suite #404
Reading, PA, 19604