Women Build: "She Values And Uses All Of Her Gifts"

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By Cara Przybylowicz, Volunteer and Community Relations Manager

At Habitat Montco, we love the phrase “Build Like A Girl!”  Why?  Because it means one thing: it’s time for Women Build Week!

We are so excited to be hosting our Women Build event this October 12-15th Not sure what Women Build Week is?  Women Build is a fundraiser with emphasis on the fun!  For those four days this fall, we will be focused on having the women of Montgomery County out on site and working hard!  This year’s event will be a truly exciting one, as women will be working on our four brand new construction townhomes in Bridgeport.

No prior construction skills are necessary to participate because you will learn everything you need to know right there on site, guided by our Construction Site Supervisors and Women Build veterans.  Regardless of your skill level, our team will help you along the way, allowing you to gain new knowledge of construction.  Women Build volunteers leave their build day with the rewarding feeling of learning something new and feeling confident about offering hands-on help for families in need. 

In the past, Women Build volunteers have learned how to use tools from hammer and nails to a chop saw, measure and cut pieces of wood, frame a room, install drywall, and even install a ceiling on an office in our building!  One of our AmeriCorps National Alumni, Maria Nappo, will be joining us again as a Crew Leader for the event after spending a year of her time serving with Habitat Montco as a Construction Crew Leader.  Maria learned many construction skills during her AmeriCorps year, and is excited to empower more women through Women Build Week!  We are looking forward to having Maria back, and excited to hear about her experiences and why she enjoys coming back to volunteer with us.

Women Build Week is definitely an event that helps build your skillset, and we’ve had Women Build volunteers come back again and again as regular volunteers after the event.  This does not have to be a one-time volunteering experience, as we hope that you will continue to be part of the Habitat family!  Each day will start with a guest speaker – a woman from the community, and participants will get the opportunity to network with others in the county.  We are so inspired by all the women who join for this event – young or old, new or experienced, those who come through their businesses, bring a friend, or come out on their own!

Women Build is a big learning experience, but you also get an overwhelming sense of fulfillment having given back to these families in need. Participants are able to come out for as many days as they would like throughout the week, and there are even fundraising discounts for groups and/or multiple-day participants.

You can find all information about fundraising here and if you have any questions about the fundraising portion of the event, please contact Elizabeth Hefner at ehefner@habitatmontco.org or (610) 278-7710 x129.

If you have questions about volunteering, please contact Cara Przybylowicz at cara@habitatmontco.org or (610) 278-7710 x114.

We can’t wait to have you “Build Like A Girl” with us! Sign up today!