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 ten (yes – 10!) Women Build homes in Aiken County through June 2016, we are fundraising to raise enough capital to buy materials to build our 11th Women Build home in early 2018. After a kickoff meeting at 7:00 pm on January 9, 2018 in the sanctuary of the South Aiken Presbyterian Church, 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 beginning January 20th and concluding on February 24th, 2018. Construction will commence in early March. Women interested in the clinics and build should see sign-up information below under “Construction”.
The Women Build program provides a great environment for women to gain lifelong skills and make new friends while helping a deserving partner family, and invites women of all ages to join in. The Aiken County Women Build theme is “Women Helping Women – No One Dose It Alone.” Through safe affordable housing, Habitat for Humanity empowers volunteers and helps program participants to achieve the dream of homeownership. Participants are in need of better housing, willing to partner with Habitat and must be able to pay an affordable mortgage. Everyone deserves a decent place to live.
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 2018, 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 sign-up by going to www.habitataiken.org and first selecting the “Women Build” tab and then clicking on “Volunteer Sign-UP.” The schedule for the skills clinics as well as the construction days for the Women Build house will be available for sign-up on the same page. For questions or help with the sign-up process, call Arie Murphy at the Habitat for Humanity office at 803-642-9295, ext. 301. For general questions abouth the Women Build program, please call 803-502-0683 or 803-644-8814 for more details. Advance sign-up is required for the free clinics at Lowes and they will fill up fast, so please sign up soon!!
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