Women Build

Building Women, Not Just Houses

Founded in 1991, Women Build is a program that brings women from all walks of life together to address the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide – including those in our own communities.

Women Build empowers women: encourages them to try something new, provides hands-on building opportunities, and teaches them how the skills they learn on site can be used at home and to help change the community.

It is not about excluding men, but including women. Any woman who wants to learn how to build and construct 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.

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Women Build 2019

In 2019 Women Build week is moving to March, to align with International Women’s Day. The new season of Women Build will also augment construction experiences with the addition of Women’s Empowerment Workshops, which will address topics ranging from home maintenance basics to career mentorship and sexual harassment in the workplace.

Be sure to join us for the first event of the Women Build season, our sign making workshop on Friday, February 8. Registration is $48 and you’ll have your pick from two styles of pallet signs, wine and appetizers as well as an evening of fun. We hope to see you there!

To stay informed and help shape our plans, attend an upcoming Women Build Committee meeting, join the Tacoma Women Build Facebook group, and/or request to be on our email list.

2018 Women Build

Why I Volunteer

"Two of my favorite things about WB: First, reconnecting with women who have volunteered over the years. I love the first day of our builds when ladies I have not seen for a year come out to build again. Second, encouraging women to try something new. I have countless stories of women who, for instance, swore they would never go on the roof, and then, there they are! And I love teaching women new skills - power tools, framing, painting techniques. "


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Women Empowering Women

More than 60% of the future homeowners in Habitat’s pipeline are women heads of household. These prospective homebuyers are determined, single women, striving to create better lives for themselves and their children.

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