Women+ Build 2023

What // Meet inspiring women+ from across the globe to around the corner and experience community and camaraderie at Women+ Build 2023, presented by Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County! Women+ Build is an annual volunteer opportunity and fundraiser where women+ from all walks of life come together during this unique and inspiring event to build homes with families and individuals in need of safe, sustainable and affordable housing in Monroe County.

Since 2000, the Monroe County Women+ Build community has built 33 homes and raised over $2.5 million, helping to house 85 individuals, including 40 children.

Join volunteers of all ages, abilities, and professions, to jointly raise the walls and critical funds for affordable homeownership in our community. Get involved, get inspired, and get here! The dates for this year’s Women+ Build event are September 6 – 23, 2023.

How // Women+ builders register for a team and commit to raising $300 before joining their team for a volunteer day on-site. All funds raised support the costs of building materials for TWO homes to be built with two Habitat families.

On your build day, Habitat provides breakfast, snacks, lunch, a t-shirt, and all necessary tools and safety equipment as well as the opportunity to earn additional fundraising incentives as higher milestones are reached. You will be split into smaller groups, led by knowledgeable crew leaders who will show you the ropes while maintaining a safe, efficient work environment and developing and enhancing your construction skills.

Who // Since our first build in 2000, Women Build in Monroe County has been breaking barriers and biases to empower women in creating a more gender-equal world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive – starting with construction sites in our own backyards! In 2022, we aimed to further expand our commitment to inclusivity by adding the “+” to our name and ensuring all individuals feel truly welcome to build with us – now and year-round.

Our Women+ Build initiative does not exclude volunteers of any gender or gender identity, nor does it allow discrimination of any kind or require prior building experience. We welcome applicants, volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds for we wholeheartedly support self-expression and equity. You must be 18+ to build with us.

Women+ Build 2023 registration information coming soon, so stay tuned! To find out more or stay most up-to-date, visit facebook.com/mchabitatwomenbuild.

Women+ Build Kick-Off Celebration on June 15, 2023 // 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. @ Switchyard Brewing // 419 North Walnut Street, Bloomington // See familiar faces, introduce yourself to new ones, and join us for an evening of connection and empowerment at our Women+ Build 2023 Kick-Off Celebration! Whether you’ve been a Women+ Build volunteer for years or are interested in picking up a hammer for the first time, we’d love to have you stop by and spend a bit of time connecting with our community and learning the ins and outs of our annual Women+ Build event.

The evening is a fun, casual opportunity to get to know Women+ Build, meet the future Habitat homeowners we’ll be building with, and wet your whistle with a Switchyard-brewed beer on us!

This event is open to everyone — past and future builders and their supporters, partners, spouses, friends, and neighbors. All are welcome to join us in supporting affordable housing in our community! While this event is free to attend, an RSVP is requested at forms.office.com/r/mtjPbL5rQ0.

This event is sponsored and supported by our friends at Switchyard Brewing Company.

Women+ Build Logo Design Contest // Calling all artists creators, and designers from the novice to expert! Women+ Build in Monroe County is holding a logo design contest for our 2023 t-shirt and we need you, your vision, and your talents to help fill in the blank.

Women+ Build is one of Habitat for Humanity of Monroe Count’s signature build events. It is a celebration of women’s strength and their contributions to our mission—and a way to bring our community together to build a stronger future for Monroe County families. By recruiting, educating, and inspiring women, we can transform lives in our communities.

The winning design will be announced at our Women+ Build Kick-Off Celebration on Thursday, June 15 at Switchyard Brewing Company.

For submission guidelines, visit monroecountyhabitat.org/design.

Women+ Build Workshops // No matter your skill level, be willing to work and probably get a little dirty. You don’t need to have prior construction experience to help with a Habitat build. Just come out with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn! But if you want to gain a bit of knowledge before your build day or explore specialized skills, we’ll host a series of workshops prior to our Women+ Build event. Stay tuned for the upcoming schedule!

About Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County // Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County is a nonprofit organization that builds homes and sustains affordable homeownership opportunities for families in Monroe County.

The focus of our mission is not simply the construction of houses, but also the development and empowerment of people and communities. We’re invested in the people involved in our work: our families who purchase Habitat homes, those involved in the volunteer construction on those houses, and those who financially support what we do. We seek to form partnerships among people from all walks of life and focus on building equity, stability, community, and legacy.

Our programs strive to create a sense of empowerment among residents, encouraging locals to take charge in their neighborhoods and create safe, vibrant communities they can enjoy for generations.

Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.