Every woman has the power to build the world.

Women Build volunteers come together from all walks of life to build stronger, safer communities. Women can create significant change in their neighborhoods by volunteering and bringing attention to the fact that homeownership is a pathway to better financial futures, better education, better health, and a more cared-for, connected community.

Any individual who wants to learn how to build a home is invited to join us; no experience is necessary. Volunteers work under the guidance of construction professionals and 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 one that improves the community we share.

Quick facts:

  • Years running:
    Since 2007 locally and since 1988 nationwide

  • Total raised:
    Over $1m

Why Women Build?

Let’s start with a basic fact: Construction is still a largely male-dominated field. At Habitat for Humanity, we know that safe, affordable housing means that individuals and families have the opportunity to thrive. However, women face challenges that make it more difficult to access this basic need. These challenges include:

  • Higher rates of poverty for female heads of households:
    Fifteen percent of adult women lived in poverty in 2017 and make up sixty six percent of the low-wage workforce. Thirty one percent of female-headed households with children are below the poverty level.

  • Housing discrimination:
    People of color, women, and low-and moderate-income borrowers across the United States of America continue to receive a disproportionate amount of high cost loans.
  • The wage gap:
    Women still earn, on average, 80 percent of what the average male earns. This pay gap is even greater for Black and Hispanic women, in particular.

Women Build offers the opportunity for volunteers to join us in bringing attention to systemic barriers to affordable housing, and helping to build strength and stability for all of our neighbors.

In her words:

There are so many exceptional women in this world and I got to work with some of them to accomplish a goal — together, we did it!
Kelly B., Women Build participant

Each year I look forward to this day. We talk a lot about the strength a stable home provides, but this event lets me “get my hands dirty” and really participate in paying it forward.

Angela D., Women Build participant

Women are the strong foundation for most homes. It’s exciting to see what women can do when we come together to support each other.

Rene M., Women Build participant

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Help us amplify our call for more affordable homeownership in our community and take advantage of this sellout event’s tremendous reach by starting a company team or sponsorship.

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Event Recap

May 2021 • 135 Women Builders, 50 Adventure Racers • $123,115 raised

Women Builders contributed a combined 540 hours of work building and repairing nine homes in San Diego — 6 new homes in National City, 2 new homes in Encinitas, and 1 critical home repair on the house of a veteran in National City. Congratulations to our top individual fundraiser, Pat Getzel, and to our top fundraising team, MRoland Rockstars!

New to this year’s line up of Women Build activities was the Adventure Race, in which racers made their way around San Diego County to complete a series of fun and creative challenges. Congratulations to Team Glitter Girls, our 2021 Adventure Race champions!

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Thank you to our 2021 sponsors!

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