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Women Build 101
This annual event seeks to bring women together to help women homebuyers overcome the gendered barriers to homeownership. This October, we will accomplish three incredible feats:
  • Raise $750,000 to help make homeownership a reality for women purchasing affordable homes with Habitat Chicago.
  • Advance construction of multiple homes in Greater Grand Crossing throughout 12 days in October 2024.
  • Use our collective voices to call attention to the obstacles that women, especially Black women, face when becoming homeowners.


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The Basics
WHAT: A month-long home-building event, bringing together 780 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 12 days throughout the month of October 2024:
  • Thursday, October 3rd - Saturday, October 5th
  • Thursday, October 10th - Saturday, October 12th
  • Thursday, October 17th - Saturday, October 19th
  • Thursday, October 24th - Saturday, October 26th

WHERE: The Habitat Chicago build sites in Greater Grand Crossing.

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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 $500, earning prizes along the way. There are two ways you can participate:

Be a Team Leader

Over 78 determined women commit to volunteer as Team Leaders. Each Team Leader will:
  • Attend the Team Leader Kickoff on June 27th.
  • Commit to fundraising and building one day of the event.
  • Recruit nine (9) women to join their team to fulfill these same building and fundraising commitments. Each team has an $8,500 total minimum goal. 
  • Motivate their team members and ensure they have a whole lot of fun every step of the way. 
  • Coordinate with their team to get everyone registered and ready to build. 

Be 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 $500 and building 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 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 to get started!