Join a community of Chicago women volunteering together to celebrate our strengths, have a blast and build permanent and affordable homes for dynamic, woman-led families.



Why Women Build Matters  

Achieving housing stability is far more difficult for women to realize than for men in similar situations. Here are just three reasons why: 

  • Men earn more on average than women, resulting in access to higher credit, better loans and better quality homes and neighborhoods. 


  • Unequal caregiving responsibilities limit a woman’s ability to dedicate the necessary time to obtaining and maintaining consistent employment and decent housing. 


  • Single women are denied mortgages at higher rates than single men despite the fact women are more reliable at paying back mortgages. 


How Women Build Works 

>> Hundreds of women come together to advance construction of homes that will be owned by women, right alongside the future owners. 


>> In the months leading up to the event, these women raise money to help fund construction of the homes. In 2019, our Women Builders raised $284,699! 


>> Each Women Builder commits to building with her team for one full day of the event and raising a minimum to participate.


>> There are two ways women can participate: 

As a Team Leader, you: 

  • Commit to fundraising the minimum and building one day of the event

  • Recruit 11 women to build and fundraise alongside you 

  • Motivate your team members every step of the way to ensure each hits her fundraising minimum and has a whole lot of fun in the process

  • Coordinate with your team to get them registered and ready to build 


As an Individual, you:

  • Join a team with open spots (don’t fret, we’ll help get you placed) 

  • Commit to fundraising the minimum and building one day of the event alongside your assigned team


How to Become a Women Builder 

We are now recruiting for Women Build 2020 taking place in October! To learn more and get signed up, email events@habitatchicago.org. You can also learn more at chicagowomenbuild.org



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