National Women Build Week is an annual weeklong event created by Habitat’s Women Build program in partnership with Lowe’s. The program invites women to devote at least one day to help families build strength, stability and independence through housing. The week is meant to spotlight the homeownership challenges faced by women.
Women Build volunteers from all walks of life come together to build stronger, safer communities.
Here's how you can get involved:
Tuesday, April 17
Attend our Lowe's How-to Clinic and learn new construction skills needed to effectively contribute to Habitat’s mission.
Saturday, May 5
Build with us at our Women Build Kick-off in Albany! Sign up here.
In honor of our 30th year we are suggesting a donation of $30/person, which helps cover our cost to be able to train our volunteers,buy building materials for your build day and arrange a meaningful and impactful volunteer experience.
T-shirts will be provided and fun is guaranteed!
Throughout the week we will be putting the finishing touches on 4 homes on Orange Street in Albany. Tasks may include building back decks, landscaping, and getting the houses ready for the families to move in. Since a lot of the tasks for the week require us to be outside please be aware that the event is weather dependent.
Saturday, May 5 - Saturday May 12
Build with us throughout Women Build Week. Sign up here.
Saturday, May 12
Round out the week of action with a Women Build donation of $30 to celebrate 30 years of building homes and community in the Capital District.
Women Build Social Media Contest
Use hashtag #womenbuildalbany on Instagram or Twitter, or tag us on Facebook throughout Women Build Week to be entered to win a Women Build tool kit with Habitat swag and goodies, plus a $25 gift certificate to the Habitat ReStore. Share photos of you on the build site, encouraging others to match your donation or photos of you doing improvements on your own home to win!
- Learn about Women Build's international work.
- Join an international Women Build trip with Global Village.
- Donate to Women Build.
Frequently asked questions
Are men allowed?
Yes, men are welcome. In fact, the future homeowner or our Habitat training staff may be men. Women Build provides a place for women to learn the skills needed to build a home, but that does not exclude men from participating.
Does Women Build work internationally?
Yes, even though ownership and property rights for women can be particularly challenging in some countries. Through Women Build, we can increase our advocacy efforts on these important issues while collecting valuable information which demonstrates the many benefits of female ownership. We are also partnering with several nongovernmental organizations to assist in giving these women a voice. Learn more about our international work.
How does Habitat empower women?
Our goal with Women Build is to empower women to help families build strength, stability and independence. We at Habitat have the ability to provide opportunities for hands-on learning, and given these tools, women can succeed in changing their communities.
Women Build in the news
Read stories of women around the U.S. that have been helped by the Habitat for Humanity Women Build program, as well as stories of those that have volunteered to help.
- Women empowering women and their families
- Habitat for Humanity, Lowe’s and 17,000 women build with 650 families during Habitat’s National Women Build Week
This year, 300 communities in 49 states will participate in National Women Build Week to help create a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Valuable support from Lowe’s
Lowe’s, a Fortune 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $250 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowe’s Open House digital newsroom or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.
National Women Build Week is grateful for the generous support of Lowe’s.
To honor our planet, our neighborhood and ourselves:
The State Education Dept. Employees’ Association invites you to a Neighborhood Clean Up Day in Partnership with the Sheridan Hollow Neighborhood Association and New Jerusalem Home of the Saved Church. All are welcome!
WHEN: Thursday, May 3 – 4:30 pm till 7 pm.
WHERE: Meet in front of New Jerusalem Home of the Saved Church, 160 Sheridan Ave. between Dove and S. Swan St. at the foot of the big staircase. Cars will be available to drive people down the hill if needed. (Please RSVP if you need a ride.)
Join us afterward for refreshments at New Jerusalem Home of the Saved Church.
WHAT TO BRING: work gloves, pants, sturdy shoes, and a reusable water bottle. Focus will be on cleaning up Elk Street, the hill, and Sheridan Ave. by Dove and Swan. Rain or shine event.
Join us for a FREE skills-building clinic at Lowe's in Latham ahead of National Women Build Week! At this clinic, you'll learn:
- How to Safely Use Hand & Power Tools
Lowe's instructors will teach and demonstrate how to safely use a power miter saw, a circular saw and a hand saw and how to accurately use a tape measure.
- How to Frame for Walls & Roofs
Lowe's instructors will teach basics about framing walls and roofs, the type of materials used in home building, especially with Habitat for Humanity. You'll also learn basic techniques to build two small sample walls and a roof frame.
Open to all! This free Lowe's Clinic is being offered in advance of our local celebration of National Women Build Week, but you do not have to be signed up to volunteer with us in order to attend.
Join Habitat for Humanity Capital District as we recognize and celebrate our AmeriCorps members serving in Troy. On this AmeriCorps National Service Recognition Day, we will hear from Mayor Patrick Madden as well as members of our AmeriCorps service teams about the impact these programs have on our city and on the transformation of 3320 6th Ave from an abandoned building into a beautiful two-family home for a first-time Habitat homebuyer. Following the brief recognition program, all are invited to tour the rehab-in-progress and enjoy light refreshments.
Throughout the month of April, stop by the Habitat ReStore in the Capital District at 70 Fuller Road to join our Home is the Key campaign. With a tax-deductible cash donation of $5 or more, you will be entered to win this gorgeous handmade quilt! Unlock a family’s future by donating to Habitat today.
We believe that home is the foundation for our lives, and it should provide an atmosphere of contentment and calm where individuals can thrive. Yet for many families in the Capital District, the concept of home seems out of reach.
This April, Habitat Humanitarians Drew and Jonathan Scott join our nationwide Home is the Key campaign along with sponsors and community leaders to unlock futures and change lives so that even more families have access to decent housing.
Together, we hope to create an outpouring of generosity. We hope to see the doors of opportunity open in partnership with people in search of strength, stability and self-reliance.
You can help us continue to unlock the future for families and by spreading the message that #HomeIsTheKey.
The Bonadio Group's Albany summit features a keynote address by James Benham, CEO of JBKnowledge on "Construction Disruption" and the latest technologies, plus two sets of breakouts offering different sessions to choose from. These sessions are designed to help you improve the services you provide and drive more results to your bottom line. Topics include: New Tax Updates, Cyber Security Awareness, Workers Compensation, Fringe Benefit Plan Strategies and more.
Since 2005, the Bonadio Group's Albany Construction Summit registration fees have benefited Habitat for Humanity Capital District.
Habitat staff will be on hand all morning to answer your questions!
On Monday, January 15th from 8:30am-1pm, Habitat for Humanity Capital District will be taking part in the “ BE A KING” event at Empire State Plaza, organized by the New York State Office of General Services.
January 15th is one of our favorite calendar holiday’s at Habitat for Humanity Capital District. It is the day that we observe the late, great, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a “day on” instead of a “day off.” Volunteerism is at the heart of Dr. King’s philosophy, and the purpose of the “BE A KING” Volunteer Fair is to introduce people to ways that they can become active stewards of service throughout their communities. The greatest tribute we can bestow upon the memory of Dr. King is to invite people of all backgrounds to gather in our community in pursuit of justice and equality. Habitat for Humanity Capital District will be represented by Klarisse Torriente, Director of Community Outreach, and Vanessa Dingee, AmeriCorps Member.
Come join us on Monday!
Black Friday - Cyber Monday - #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday is a one-day event - a movement - to inspire giving to your local community. The concept is simple: donate locally and share your story to inspire your social network to do the same.
Habitat for Humanity Capital District works year-round, partnering with families in need of a safe and affordable place to call home.
This means that every day we are building, renovating, fundraising, planning, referring and qualifying to make sure that everyone in our community has a decent place to live.
Every home built stabilizes a neighborhood.
Every family matters.
Every donation counts.
Join the movement. Give today.
Habitat's administrative office will be closed Thursday 11/23 and Friday 11/24.
The Habitat construction site will be closed Thursday 11/23, Friday 11/24 and Saturday 11/25.
The Habitat ReStore will be closed Wednesday 11/22, Thursday 11/23 and Friday 11/24. The store will be open for business on Saturday 11/25.
Come join Habitat and other local businesses & organizations as we celebrate the 14th Annual Community Block Party, hosted by the New Jerusalem Home of the Saved Church. We will have a table set up to answer questions about Habitat home-ownership, and our work in the community. There will also be free food, a photo booth, bouncy bounce, contests, a Gospel DJ and more!! We hope to see you there!
In observance of Labor Day:
- The Habitat HQ office will be closed on Monday, September 4.
- All construction sites will be closed on Saturday, September 2.
- The Habitat ReStore will be closed on Saturday, September 2.
Note: The construction sites and Habitat ReStore are normally open Tuesday - Saturday.
Habitat will have a table at the Sheridan Hollow Neighborhood Night Out! Stop by and visit us, and then walk around the corner to 100 Lark Street for an open house and to find out if you might qualify to submit an application for a home.
Neighborhood Night Out
& Ice Cream Social
Monday, August 14
255 Orange Street, Albany
Enjoy free Stewart’s ice cream get minor bike repairs
meet your neighbors & elected officials play basketball &
other games talk to community police officers win a
prize get your face painted learn about neighborhood
activities & community resources. All are welcome!
For more info. 434-1730 x405
or join the neighborhood association on Facebook
Are you tired of renting? Come see the inside of a newly completed Habitat home and find out if you are eligible to buy an affordable home from Habitat!
Monday, August 14th
102 Lark St., Albany
Habitat staff will be available to help you determine whether you qualify to submit an application for a Habitat home.
See a list of our available homes here.
100 & 102 Lark Street were rehabilitated in partnership with the Albany County Land Bank.
IF YOU COULD DO ONE THING TO MAKE LIFE BETTER
FOR YOUR COMMUNITY, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Saturday, July 8th from 9:00am - 4:00pm
7th Ave Park in Troy (at the intersection of Ingalls Ave & 7th Ave).
Residents/businesses in the Hillside and North Central area. Everyone is welcome!
We will provide food and children's activities. You will provide ACTION!
What to Expect
Join people who want to talk about making your idea happen.
ALL ideas will be collected and shared, and will become the building blocks for working together to make our community better.
Make Change Happen
This is the first part of a project that has resources and will result in ACTION. If you do not share your idea, it is guaranteed not to happen.
Don't Have Ideas?
Come and listen. If you hear an idea you like, join that group.
Creating change is not easy, but it is possible. This event will be led by the people who live and work in the North Central and Hillside communities. You are the people who know the community best, and you must be a part of actions taken to make life better.
For more information, visit onetroy.org.