Building Women, Not Just Houses
Founded in 1991 by Habitat for Humanity, Women Build is a program that encourages the involvement of women in the construction of Habitat homes.
Nationwide, more than 60% of Habitat homeowners are female heads of household. In Pierce County, that number over the past three years is close to 75%. As homeowners complete sweat equity hours and receive construction training, they gain the skills and confidence to maintain their homes.
Women Build seeks to bring that sense of strength and self-reliance to all women. Any woman who wants to learn how to build a home is invited to join. The atmosphere is collaborative and friendly, and no experience is necessary. Whether you are learning new skills or simply adding a few to your tool belt, Women Build is a rewarding experience for all involved, and improves the community we share.
Women Build 2020
Women Build empowers women to recognize their skills and talents, and creates opportunities for them to grow through a variety of engagement opportunities. Whether you make a donation, become a Women Build member, or swing a hammer on Women Build Wednesdays, you make a difference.
- Priority registration for Saturday builds and select workshops
- Women Build t-shirt
Women Build membership is $120 annually. To become a member, or gift a membership to someone else, click here. Once you finalize your membership purchase, you will be provided an access code to view/register for members-only activities.
Back of Women Build t-shirts:
The last Wednesday of the month, March through October, is designated Women Build Wednesday and is open to all women interested in learning home building skills in an inclusive and collaborative environment. Each of these builds are open to at least 10 volunteers; additional volunteer slots may be added, if the workload allows.
For priority access to Saturday builds, consider a Women Build membership.
The highly popular Women Build skills workshops will begin in February 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the workshop schedule has some changes. For those that were enrolled in the impacted sessions, email communication will be sent with reschedule information as it is available. (To keep pace with impact to current operation, click here.) Visit our Event Calendar for more details.
- CANCELLED Gardening 101 |
Thursday, March 26, 2020| reschedule TBA
- POSTPONED Tiny House Build, Flooring | Wednesday,
April 8May 6 | 5:30 – 8:30 PM | *priority registration for members
- CANCELLED Building a Raised Garden Bed |
Tuesday, April 14| reschedule TBA
- POSTPONED Tiny House Build, Framing | Saturday,
April 25May 16| 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM | *priority registration for members
- POSTPONED Tiny House Build, Windows & Doors | Wednesday,
May 6June 3| 5:30 – 8:30 PM | *priority registration for members
- POSTPONED Tiny House Build, Roof | Saturday,
May 16June 20 | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM | *priority registration for members
- POSTPONED Tiny Build, Interior |
Wednesday, June 3| reschedule TBA | *priority registration for members
- POSTPONED Tiny Build, Trim & Finish |
Saturday, June 20| reschedule TBA | *priority registration for members
Stay tuned for more workshops and/or join the Women Build Facebook group to stay on top of all the news.
Due to the hands-on nature and use of power tools, most Women Build workshops are restricted to attendees 18 and older. All attendees will be asked to sign a waiver upon registration.
- CANCELLED Gardening 101 |
Want to bring your team out for a Women Build day? Consider a sponsorship.
We are seeking Women Build sponsors to help us further our 2020 objectives of empowering women to recognize and grow their skills and talents, personally and professionally. Women Build sponsors receive dedicated build days that include Women Build shirts and lunches for participants. For more information on Women Build sponsorships, contact Community Engagement Manager, Tracey Sorenson.
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History of Women Build
In 1991 a group of women in Charlotte, NC completed the first women-built Habitat for Humanity house, planting the seeds for Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program.
In 1997, first lady Hillary Clinton participated in a Women Build along with the first ladies from Kentucky and Oklahoma.
By 1998, Women Build had become an official Habitat for Humanity program.
The Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity affiliate has been participating in Women Build since 2001. Over 100 women volunteer each year, contributing time and funds to Habitat, as well as support to one another and to Habitat homeowners.
Women Build is growing internationally as well, empowering women everywhere to address poverty housing for themselves, their families, and their neighbors. Dozens of international Women Builds have taken place. The program aims to direct financial assistance to women-led projects worldwide.
Visit Habitat for Humanity International’s website for a comprehensive Women Build History.