The Habitat for Humanity Women Build program recruits, educates and nurtures women to build and advocate for simple, decent and affordable houses in their communities. Discover how you can get involved with the project below!
What is the Indy Women Build!
Each Women Build home is funded and built by 300+ women leaders and volunteers in our community.
Why is it important?
Women make up 50 percent of Habitat for Humanity International’s volunteer force; yet often because of lack of training, they account for less than 15 percent of workers on the construction site. The Women Build program was established to encourage the involvement of women in the construction of Habitat homes.
How does it work?
Women volunteers from all walks of life work together to raise the funds and raise the walls for the entire Women Build project. Habitat for Humanity will rely on 25+ women to be team leaders and each recruit up to 14 women for their team. Together they will make up the more than 350 volunteers needed to construct the home and recruit friends and family to support their work through a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign.
What’s the timeline?
Habitat staff and the Women Build committee works year round to ensure a successful build and experience for everyone involved.
Phase One: Team Leader Recruitment & Training (October-January): Each fall Indy Habitat recruits 25+ women to serve as team leaders. These team leaders are the foundation to the Women Build project. Team leaders are the first to sign up to participate and are the primary resource for support, inquiries and information for their team. Team Leader Orientation is held in January.
Phase Two: Builder recruitment and fundraising (January-April): Team leaders recruit up to 14 women to join their team as a builder. Each builder raises a minimum of $250 to help fund the project and volunteers with her team on one build day to help build the home.
Phase Three: Fundraising (February-April): Once registered, builders begin their fundraising efforts via peer-to-peer fundraising. Some teams choose to host team fundraising events to help them reach and exceed their goal.
Phase Four: Build Day (May-June): Construction of the build begins in late April/early May and finishes in late June/early July. Each team will volunteer on their chosen build day from 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The construction tasks vary by day!
Ways to get involved with Indy Women Build?
- Make a donation to support one of our 400+ women builders in 2018!
- Lend a hand to the Women Build by offering your expertise or company support through an in-kind donation. To discover what Habitat needs for construction and volunteer recognition, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Anyone is invited to get involved as a Women Build advocate! Spread the word and follow progress by using #IndyWomenBuild.
- Our team leader spots are full for 2018 but share your interest in next year’s project today! Each team leader recruits a team of women to help raise funds and construct the home on their build day.