Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program empowers women from all walks of life to address, in a concrete way, the need for more affordable housing in our communities. Through Women Build, volunteers and sponsors give our neighbors the strength, stability and self-reliance of affordable home ownership.
The first Women Build home was built in 1991 and the effort grew to an official Habitat for Humanity program in 1998. Since then, women volunteers have constructed over 2,400 homes around the world. Locally, our Women Build program began in 2011 during a home build on Madison Street. Following that, women volunteers were active on local project sites during National Women Build Week each spring from 2011 to 2018. In 2017, we constructed a Women Build home on Park Avenue in Brunswick, where women completed the majority of fundraising and volunteerism. Building on this history, Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County launched the annual Frederick Women Build Week in 2019.
Women Build is not about excluding men, but is about including women and opening new doors of opportunity. Men are often involved in Women Build projects to support and encourage women who come to volunteer. Women Build has empowered countless volunteers in Frederick County with a tangible way to give back to our community while learning and enhancing construction skills. No experience is necessary for Women Build volunteers!
Frederick Women Build Week 2020
Please note that plans for Frederick Women Build Week 2020 are moving forward, but we will continue to evaluate in light of COVID19. Should protective measures continue, Frederick Women Build Week may be postponed to a later date. Should that need arise, we will communicate with all sponsors, volunteers and partners. However, our great hope is to hold annual activities as planned in service to local women and homeowners in need.
The 2020 Frederick Women Build Week will take place May 3-9th. During this exciting volunteer week, women from throughout Frederick will gather in the Discovery Neighborhood to work with the local homeowners as they uplift the homes of individual homeowners and community spaces for the benefit of all who live there as part of Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization program.
There are three ways you can participate in Frederick Women Build Week:
1) Sponsorship: Showcase your business by sponsoring Frederick Women Build Week! Your sponsorship will directly support the activities of the Frederick Women Build Week volunteers. Click here for information.
2) Volunteer: We encourage individuals and groups to volunteer during Frederick Women Build Week! When the schedule is released, we’ll post it here. In the meantime, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
3) Donate: Click here to make your gift and enter “Women Build” in the comments section. Your gift will fund projects in the Discovery Neighborhood conducted by Frederick Women Build Week volunteers
For more information about Frederick Women Build Week, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Leslie Ajuria, at email@example.com or 301-698-2449 x7.
Thank you to the 2020 Frederick Women Build Week sponsors:
Special thanks to Special Tees for designing the Frederick Women Build Week graphic.