Women Build Program
About the Women Build Program
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 11 Women Build homes in Aiken County through June 2018, our 12th Women Build construction project is underway in 2020.
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 Does It Alone.” Through building safe affordable housing, Habitat for Humanity empowers volunteers and helps program participants to achieve the dream of homeownership. Participants must have a need of better housing, be willing to partner with Habitat and have the ability to pay affordable mortgage and utility costs. 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, and construction volunteer recruiting. We welcome your help in all aspects.
Areas of Opportunity for you
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, contact our Executive Director, Shawn Risher at the Aiken County Habitat for Humanity office at 642-9295. Or visit the Donate tab at the top of the page.
Construction Volunteers: If you are interested in helping us build even for a single day, please sign-up by clicking the “Volunteer” and then “Current Build” Buttons. For questions or help with the sign-up process, contact Ron Patterson, Volunteer Coordinator at the Habitat for Humanity office at 803-642-9295, option 5.
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 803-644-8814 or Judy Miller at 803-502-0683.