Women Build 2018

Event Information


The purpose of Women Build is to bring women together to celebrate and support the female Habitat homebuyers who have overcome the institutional barriers that unevenly prevent women from accessing the benefits of homeownership.

As a community of 300 women strong, we will accomplish two incredible feats: 

1. Raise $175,000 to make homeownership a reality for a Habitat Chicago woman homebuyer. 

2. Advance construction of several Habitat homes that will be women-owned, building right alongside the future homeowners from October 9th - 13th.

The Basics

WhatA five-day home-building event, bringing together 300 women to celebrate our strengths, have a blast, and build a stronger future for our fellow women through homeownership. 

When: Tuesday, October 9th - Saturday, October 13th, 2018; 7:30am - 3:00pm daily 

 The West Pullman neighborhood


How Women Build Works 
Each Women Builder commits to building for one full day of the event (no construction experience necessary!) and raising at least $350 to participate, earning prizes as she goes.

There are two ways women can participate: 

1. As a Team Leader 
Women Build is a Team event! Thirty determined women commit to volunteer as Team Leaders. Each Team Leader:

Attends the Team Leader Kickoff on Tuesday, June 12th.

Commits to fundraising at least $350 and building one day of the event

Recruits 11 women to join her team to fulfill these same building and fundraising commitments 

Motivates her team members and ensures they have a whole lot of fun every step of the way

Coordinates with her team to get everyone registered and ready to build 

2. 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: 

Joins a team with open spots (we will get you matched up with a Team on your preferred date, dependent upon availability) 

Commits to fundraising at least $350 and building one day of the event

What to Expect

  • Whether you participate as a Team Leader or 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, looking back at the permanent home and strong future you just built with your own two hands (and the help of some some power tools).
  • Plus, we're all about the good times on-site. Check out these celebrity guest appearances, Gatorade toastsand more from previous Women Build Weeks using #CHIWomenBuild on your favorite social media platforms. 

Ready to Go? 

Individual sign-ups are now open! To register as an individual, head to the Teams Page to "Join" a team with remaining spots.

Team Leader spots are now full, but if you are interested in getting your company involved, check out our sponsored teams.

Need More Info?
That's a-okay, too. Let this video or our Event FAQs tell you a bit more. 


Event sponsorship opportunities are available. Top sponsorship levels include the ability to send a team of 12 to Women Build. Contact david.chudy@habitatchicago.org to learn more.