May 3, 2023

Media Contact:
Ellen Immergut | Director of Communications
619-379-5793 – mobile

You are more than welcome to cover the event early – please contact us to make arrangements.

San Diego Habitat for Humanity Hosts 15th Annual Women Build
Every woman has the power to build the world, starting right here in our community.

ESCONDIDO, CA – Women volunteers from across San Diego County will raise their hammers on a Habitat for Humanity construction site in Escondido on May 5th during San Diego Habitat’s 15th Annual Women Build event, generously sponsored by Cox, Harrah’s Resort Southern California, City National Bank, C.W. Driver, and The Original Pink Box. Women Build empowers women to create stronger, safer neighborhoods by building affordable homeownership opportunities in our community.

A safe, healthy, affordable home is the foundation for the strength, stability, and independence hardworking families need to build better futures. Habitat homeowners invest 250-500 hours of “sweat equity,” working alongside our staff and volunteers to help build their own homes. When construction is complete, they make affordable mortgage payments that are recycled back into the Habitat homeownership program to build more homes for more families.

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.

During the 2023 event, Women Builders will contribute their time, talent, and treasure in support of the building of 10 new homes on El Norte Parkway in Escondido. Another group will help to repair the exterior of a home in Chula Vista as part of Habitat’s Home Preservation Program – installing hardscape, repairing dilapidated fencing, and putting a fresh coat of paint on the house.

In addition to spending at least one day on a job site, participants are asked to raise a minimum of $400 to support the creation of affordable homeownership opportunities.

Since 2008, Women Build volunteers have built or repaired 24 houses in San Diego County and raised $1.2 million in support of affordable homeownership.

Friday, May 5, 2023
8:30am Event Kickoff/Safety Briefing
9:00am Construction Begins
11:30am Break for Lunch
12:15pm Construction Resumes
2:30pm Clean Up
3:00pm Women Build Traditional “Champagne Toast”

Kwofi Reed | President + CEO, San Diego Habitat for Humanity

Chanelle Hawken | VP of Public and Government Affairs – West Region, Cox
Brian Eastman | The Original Pink Box
Marjorie Warner | The Original Pink Box

Habitat for Humanity Women Build volunteers will be:

  • Removing existing fencing
  • Building new vinyl fencing
  • Weeding/grading
  • Making house number signs
  • Tackling framing tasks, including cutting/installing/drilling anchor holes/installing hold-downs

245 E. El Norte Parkway | Escondido, CA 92026

Parking is limited in the area and there will be construction trucks making deliveries at the site entrance, so parking will not be available on the construction site – apologies in advance!

About San Diego Habitat for Humanity
San Diego Habitat for Humanity, the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit organization that builds and repairs homes in partnership with local hardworking families in need of improved housing. For more information, visit or call 619-283-HOME (4663).

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