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Women Build 101
This annual event seeks to bring women together to help female homebuyers overcome the gendered barriers to homeownership. As a community of 550+ women strong, we will accomplish two incredible feats:

>> Raise $475,000 to help make homeownership a reality for women purchasing affordable homes with Habitat Chicago.

>> Advance construction of these homes, oftentimes building right alongside the future homeowners over the course of ten days in October.


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The Basics
WHAT: A month-long home-building event, bringing together 550+ women to celebrate our strengths, have a blast, and build stronger futures for our fellow women through safe and affordable homeownership

WHEN: Women Build will take place over ten days throughout the month of October:
  • Wednesday, October 5th - Saturday, October 8th
  • Thursday, October 13th - Saturday, October 15th
  • Thursday, October 20th - Saturday, October 22nd

WHERE: The Habitat Chicago build sites (exact locations will be communicated to all registered Women Builders)

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How Women Build Works
Each Women Builder commits to building on-site for one full day of the event (no construction experience necessary!) and raising at least $450, earning prizes along the way. There are two ways you can participate:

As a Team Leader
Over fifty determined women commit to volunteer as Team Leaders. Each Team Leader will:

>> Attend the virtual Team Leader Kickoff on June 29th.

>> Commit to fundraising and building one day of the event.

>> Recruit 9 women to join her team to fulfill these same building and fundraising commitments (each team has an $8,000 total minimum goal). 

>> Motivate her team members and ensure they have a whole lot of fun every step of the way. 

>> Coordinate with her team to get everyone registered and ready to build. 
As an Individual Builder
If you are interested in coming out solo (or with a friend or two), then this role is perfect for you! Each Individual Builder will:

>> Join a team with open spots (we will get you matched up with a team, dependent upon availability).

>> Commit to fundraising at least $450 and building on-site one day of the event.

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What to Expect

Whether you participate as a Team Leader or an Individual Builder, you are guaranteed a rewarding experience, pressing for progress alongside hundreds of like-minded women.

The volunteer day is hard work - we won't lie about that! But experience tells us there is no better feeling than walking off the construction site at the end of the day and looking back at the homes you just helped build with your own two hands.

Plus, we're all about the good times on-site. Check out posts from previous Women Builds using #CHIWomenBuild on your favorite social media platforms, or visit our
Chicago Women Build Hall of Fame.

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Ready to Go?
Please contact us at events@habitatchicago.org to get started!