The Habitat for Humanity International Women Build Program was established in 1998 to encourage the involvement of more women in the construction of Habitat homes – simple, decent and affordable houses – in their communities. In October 2005, women in Aiken County picked up hammers and power tools and began building the first Aiken County Habitat for Humanity house constructed primarily by women. That home was dedicated in March 2006, and our women have never stopped. Having now completed nine Women Build homes in Aiken County through June 2015, we are launching activities to build our 10th Women Build home in early 2016. After a kickoff meeting on January 12th, we will offer a series of six free skills clinics for women interested in working on the build. These clinics will be held at Lowe’s of Aiken from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays starting on January 23rd and ending on February 27th. Women interested in the clinics and build should see registration information below under “Construction”.
Aiken County Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program provides an opportunity for women to learn useful, lifelong skills in a supportive environment while meeting new friends and helping deserving families. The Aiken County Women Build theme is “Women Helping Women — No One Does It Alone”. While Habitat houses are designed to help any qualified family, more than 60% of Habitat’s houses are built for women heads of households. After financial counseling and homeownership/maintenance training, Habitat homeowners purchase volunteer-built simple homes through interest free mortgages with minimal down payments. It’s a hand up, not a hand out.
In Aiken County, a small volunteer Women Build committee orchestrates fundraising projects, free building clinics at Lowe’s of Aiken, construction volunteer recruiting, and a lunch program to feed volunteers during each build. We need your help in all aspects.
- Fundraising: We are constantly seeking sponsors and donations in any amount to support this program, which benefits Aiken County families and communities as well as our women volunteers. For more information on donating to the Aiken County Women Build Fund, call Arie Murphy at the Aiken County Habitat for Humanity office at 642-9295, extension 301.
- Lunch program: If individuals or groups would like to team up to provide lunch to our construction volunteers on a Friday or Saturday in 2016, please call our Women Build lunch coordinator Sherry Wilson at 803-643-9187.
- Construction volunteers: If you are interesting in helping us build even for a single day, please register by going to www.habitataiken.org and clicking on the VolunteerUp button. As part of the registration process, please select “Women Build” as your team and provide your email address so we can keep you informed as our free building clinics and actual work schedule details are finalized.
The Aiken County Women Build team believes our program provides opportunity for women to learn useful, lifelong skills while meeting and helping other women and benefitting Aiken County communities. To get involved or for more information on the program, please feel free to contact our committee co-chairs, Judy Sennett at 644-8814 or Judy Miller at 803-502-0683.
For more Information, Contact Us at 803-642-9295, ext. 301