Women Build

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 two years is close to 75%. As homeowners complete sweat equity hours and receive construction training, the women 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 2019

Women Build is poised to grow into a holistic program that empowers women to recognize and realize their skills and talents and create opportunities for them to grow, both personally and professionally. The 2019 schedule offers a variety of engagement opportunities for women in Pierce County.

Individual Membership

Women Build members are granted priority for volunteer opportunities on Habitat build sites and other Women Build activities. As part of the annual membership package, they will also receive the following:

  • Women Build v-neck shirt
  • Women Build hoodie sweatshirt
  • Lunch on the construction site

Annual membership packages are $120 and can be purchased here.


Back of shirts/sweatshirts:

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We are seeking Women Build sponsors to help us further our 2019 objectives of empowering women to recognize and grow their skills and talents, personally and professionally. Women Build sponsors are entitled to dedicated build days – which includes Women Build merchandise and lunches for participants. For more information on Women Build sponsorships, contact Community Engagement Manager, Tracey Sorenson.


2019 Committed Sponsors

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2019 Women Build Schedule

Click here to see the available Women Build volunteer opportunities.

Additional dates will be added as the construction schedule allows and to accommodate Women Build sponsors.

Skills Workshops

In conjunction with Habitat Connects, Women Build is coordinating a series of hands-on workshops to teach basic home-repair skills. Topics include: electrical, plumbing, carpentry, caulking, tile setting, water heater repair, flooring, trim, lawn care, landscaping and more!

Check the Events Calendar for upcoming sessions!

Garden Benches

As part of the 2019 program, Women Build volunteers are making planter-box benches.  Ranging from $149-$399, there are three styles of handcrafted cedar benches to choose from and there’s even a DIY option, where you can come build alongside our volunteers.

Every purchase supports Women Build and Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity. Click here to order your bench, or visit one of the Habitat Stores to see a prototype and place your order.

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Purchase your 2019 Women Build membership today.
To stay informed, join the Tacoma Women Build Facebook group and/or request to be on our email list.

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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. 

Why I Volunteer

"Two of my favorite things about Women Build: 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. "


Habitat Volunteer since 1985