Power tools are empowering women to change lives for the better in Washtenaw County thanks to Women Build, an initiative of Habitat for Humanity.
For more than twenty years, teams of women have been working together to build homes for future homeowners through the Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley. This year, the local chapter kicked off the 2023 Women Build campaign by dedicating the 275th home sold in Washtenaw County on International Women’s Day.
“Women Build helps our local affiliate enrich our neighborhood year after year by building a home for a local family or individual of low-income, and creates everlasting partnerships that helps sustain our organization,” said Leah Tessman, Director of Grants, Corporate and Faith Giving.
A team effort
Team leaders oversee a group of eight to ten volunteers, working throughout the year not only on the construction, but also on the fundraising toward the cost of the build. This year, more than one hundred local women are expected to participate.
“Each year, roughly 15-20 teams of local women come together to raise walls and funds to support a Habitat home. This year, the women-led team will collectively raise $75,000 and provide volunteer support to help Habitat build a brand new home for a future Habitat homeowner,” Tessman said.
Groups are given a fundraising goal of $1000 and up, which allows them to participate in a one-day building project during spring and summer months. Builds typically take place on Fridays and Saturdays.
Sponsors and volunteers needed
Women Build has received support from local businesses and organizations, as well as sponsors such as PNC Bank, the Nichols Charitable Fund, and the James A. and Faith Knight Foundation.
Through this program, women gain valuable building experience while making a difference in the lives of local families.
This year’s build will provide a new home for a future homeowner in Ypsilanti. Local businesses and organizations can become sponsors and will receive recognition on signage and team t-shirts.
For more information on becoming a volunteer or sponsor, visit h4h.org/women-build.