What is Women Build
Women Build volunteers from all walks of life come together to build stronger, safer communities.
Though our neighborhoods are comprised largely of women and children, they are also the population’s most likely to be affected by poor living conditions. Our Women Build events provide the opportunity for women to take a proactive step in serving their communities.
Women Build opportunities are available across the U.S. including right here in the Choptank region, and any woman who wants to learn how to build and construct a home is invited to join us. No experience is necessary. Volunteers work under the guidance of construction professionals, and also alongside other volunteers and future Habitat homeowners. Whether you are learning new skills or simply adding a few to your tool belt, this is a rewarding experience for all involved, and improves the community that you share.
Women Build is also a terrific way to involve your friends and family of all ages in crucial work with a lasting impact. Women helping women sends a positive and powerful message. You can also come alone, and make new friends. The atmosphere is collaborative and friendly.
Are you ready to build with us?
The Women Build House
In 1998, Habitat Choptank completed its first Women Build House. In 2015, an enthusiastic group of women volunteers began planning for another Women Build House. After a building lot at 59 Pleasant Alley was donated by a woman property owner, the Women Build Committee began fundraising. Construction started in May 2016 during National Women Build Week. The house was completed in March 2017 with the volunteer labor provided by mostly women volunteers and over $100,000 raised for building costs by the Women Build Committee. Home buyer Ashley Velez bought the home on March 30, 2017. Ashley and her three children were welcomed home on Saturday, April 1st at a dedication celebration. The 3-bedroom and 1-bath home is a quality, durable and energy efficient house that Ashley helped build and has purchased with an affordable mortgage. In addition to Ashley’s sweat equity, over 110 volunteers contributed their time on the Women Build House and 265 donors invested in the build.