Team Leader Spotlight: Aleschia H.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Team Leader Spotlight is a series where we interview some of the awesome leaders of the Women Build community.

Today we spotlight Aleschia from Hyde Park, a second-year Team Leader and member of the Women Build volunteer planning committee!

Check out her best tips and tricks, as well as some insight on why she Women Builds.
 



Why did you get involved with Women Build?

I had worked with Habitat for Humanity in Miami, Florida when I was in college. I loved the experience and wanted to continue doing the work with my alumni chapter.
 

Why do you think Women Build is important/valuable?

Women Build is important because it is women working together to help other women. More importantly, it helps build generational wealth through home ownership, in which women of color disproportionately are denied access to. Homeownership can change a generation and have tremendous impact for communities of color.
 

What's your favorite part about being a Team Leader?

I enjoy building with my team and seeing everyone’s dedication to the mission.
 

What advice do you have to new Women Builders?

Wear layers — it’s cold in October.
 

Why do you keep coming back?

I enjoy the camaraderie and believe in the mission.
 

What advice do you have for new Team Leaders?

Set the example and fundraise as much as possible. Also, always have reserves just in case!
 

How do you keep your team members engaged/motivated in fundraising?

Reaching out individually helps to keep people engaged. Sending a text or calling to see how someone is feeling in general and about their progress is helpful. I like to tag team members in social media posts.
 

What is the most gratifying part of the Women Build construction day?

Seeing the completion of your team project.
 

And finally, we wanted to end the section with a fun question: what is your go-to karaoke song?
Can You Stand the Rain — New Edition.


 

The Evolution of Women Build

Monday, July 27, 2020



Habitat Chicago's Women Build 2020 is projected to be the biggest in its history. With a total of ten build days through the month of October, 450+ Women Builders, and an impressive $300,000 fundraising goal, we’d like to step back and share our Women Build roots.

 
What grew to be Habitat Chicago's largest annual event started as a one-day home repair project in 2013.
 
Back then, we had just begin our work within the West Pullman neighborhood. Women Build was a great opportunity to show volunteers the assets of West Pullman and Habitat’s plans to build upon those assets, including new home construction and affordable homeownership, home repairs, and block beautification projects.
 
The goals for the first Women Build were to help repair a woman-owned home in West Pullman, raise funds to support the project, and provide an opportunity for more women to get in the fight against substandard housing.
 
Ultimately, our first Women Build brought together 18 enthusiastic women who completed a home repair project and collectively raised $8,000. In the closing statement of Women Build 2013, our Executive Director, Jen Parks, shared her hope for Women Build to become "bigger and better" each year – and that's exactly what we did.
 

Since 2013's Women Build...
 
>> We've raised over $1 million through Women Build to help women become first-time homeowners. 

>> 30 Habitat homeowners closed on their homes.


>>  We've received media coverage from major Chicago news outlets, allowing us to raise greater awareness of the gendered hurdles to homeownership. Check out Women Build 2019's coverage from NBC5 Chicago.

>>  We saw record-breaking fundraising in 2019: our top individual builder raised $9,100 (over $1,000 more than the overall 2013 total!) and our top team CREW Chicago brought in $23,441.  
 
After seven years, we are very proud of the work we've done and look forward to what Women Build 2020 has in store.