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 (Fall): 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.
Phase Two: Builder recruitment and fundraising (January-April): Team leaders recruit up to 14 builders about a month after the orientation in January. Once registered, builders begin their fundraising efforts to reach the $250/builder minimum.
Phase Three: Construction/Volunteer 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?
- Sign up to join the project as a team leader in 2018! Each team leader recruits a team of women to help raise funds and construct the home on their build day.
- You can still make a donation to support one of our 350+ women builders in 2017!
- 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 email@example.com.
- Anyone is invited to get involved as a Women Build advocate! Spread the word and follow progress by using #IndyWomenBuild.