Women Build Weekend is back!
We missed you dearly last May. Just the thought of having Women Build Weekend back this year has us beyond excited and uplifted! Here's the scoop on how this year's annual Women Build Weekend event will look. We're offering 3 concurrent, mini events this year, for one major impact.
We've created a safe, outdoor event (rain or shine!) which will give you the opportunity to help complete construction of 2 Habitat homes, learn carpentry skills by building our playhouse, and participate in hands-on training for safe and proper power tool use. We have all of the elements of Women Build Weekend that you love, with solid safety protocols in place.
Women Build Weekend is open to volunteers ages 18 and up. No prior construction experience necessary! We love to introduce novice volunteers to the tools and techniques that we use on the job site. We also welcome seasoned, skilled volunteers who are willing to share their talents with us. Women Build is about building each other up, while we simultaneously build community through the creation of more affordable housing.
Option 1: Looking for power tools?
During Women Build Weekend, you'll have the opportunity to take hands-on power tool training and practice carpentry skills. If you aren't comfortable with a chop saw now but want to be, we can make that happen. Our supervisors are female volunteers from our community. Some are professional tradeswomen, some are self-taught, and others picked up their construction skills by volunteering with Habitat! Each of them is enthusiastic about our mission, and eager to empower women to take part. Get your hands on the tools, learn the basics, and put your skills to use with a carpentry project.
Options 2 & 3: Looking for something new?
Join us at one of our current build sites for landscaping and site work, the final touches before we complete and sell a brand new Habitat home! Or, help us tackle the rehabilitation of an 1840's, Greek-revival style farmhouse. This house is fascinating and we're in love with the process of using its "good bones" to create an energy-efficient, bright new home for a family of 6. Dig in the dirt, or give some love to a 150+ year old home. We have something for everyone!
Together, we fund this mission
In addition to volunteering, Women Builders support our mission financially. We treasure your time and effort, the energy we derive from you during Women Build Weekend fuels us for so many weeks afterwards! The addition of your registration fees and pledges from your family and friends allows us to purchase the materials used during Women Build Weekend and will also help complete construction of Habitat homes at 1930 and 1932 Slaterville Road. Construction costs are on the rise, families need safe and affordable places to call home now more than ever, and we want to partner with as many homebuyers as we can to help them access a home they can afford. Your donations fund a stronger, more stable future for local families who need a decent place to call home.
Above all, we'll be safe
Our utmost concern is protecting each and every one of you, and ensuring that you have a safe volunteer experience. There will be changes this year, from the way we provide lunch, shifting paper forms to electronic, reducing the sharing of tools and spreading out crews. Our COVID safety plan is being written by Absolute EHS (a women-owned business!). We are following Tompkins County Health Department and NYS guidelines and will adapt and adjust our plan accordingly, as these change leading up to our event. We are happy to answer questions regarding our safety plan and protocols, do not hesitate to contact us.
Questions? Contact Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (607) 844-3529
We can't wait to see you in May!