Celebrating 13 years of Women Build in Orange County

About Women Build

Habitat for Humanity's annual Women Build program recruits, educates, and inspires women to build, fundraise, and advocate for stable and affordable homes in our communities. Women Build volunteers and fundraisers from all walks of life have come together to build stronger, safer communities. Habitat's across the nation participate in National Women Build Week, in an effort to challenge women to devote at least one day to the effort of creating affordable housing.

For questions regarding Women Build, contact Kaitlyn at kkopala@orangehabitat.org.

How to help during COVID

Volunteer Update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to reimagine how we have volunteers on site. Our new policies cap our sites at 10 people including, staff, volunteers, and crew leaders. Most sites will have between 6-8 total people. Due to our limited numbers allowed on site, we have created two different options to volunteer this Fall. Click here to prepare for your shift by reading our new safety protocols.

  1. Join us as an individual on Friday, October 23 or Saturday, October 24. Click here to sign up for one of our limited spots to build as an individual.
  1. Find a date to bring your friends to sponsor and build a Habitat home! Click here to register for a ‘pod’ to bring you and 4 friends to have your own mini Women Build group.

Email Christine if you have questions about volunteering.

Fundraising Update

This year’s Women Build project has an overall goal to raise $40,000! Seems like a lot? Let’s start smaller and try to raise a roof this Fall by raising $5,000 before December 31, 2020.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our typical in person fundraising events will need to be reimagined and look much different. While we are still brainstorming ideas, we need your help to kick off our fundraising! See below for a few easy options to raise funds to build homes.

  1. If you are volunteering with a ‘pod’, we challenge you to raise $500 as a team. Click here and click the link on the right “Start Fundraising” to set up a team where each member of your ‘pod’ can make their own pages.
  1. Another easy way to friend-raise is through Facebook. Click here to get started.
  1. Set up monthly giving. Giving monthly not only makes your gift more manageable, but it provides Habitat with a steady flow of income all year long. Click here to make your first gift and mention Women Build in the comments.
  1. Make an outright gift to the project. Click here to help us raise the thermometer!

Email Kaitlyn today if have any questions about fundraising.


Want to show the world you're a dedicated Women Builder? Join our Tough As Nails club by getting 3 in a row on our program bingo board! Email Kaitlyn when you complete it to get your pink hard hat!


Volunteering with Women Build is a fun way to connect with other women passionate about affordable housing in Chapel Hill. No construction experience is necessary to join us; you'll learn everything you need to on site. Anybody over the age of 18 (yes, even men!) are welcome to join us on site during Women Build week. 

On-Site volunteer opportunities for Women Build typically fall in mid-October, early March, and early May. This Fall, we have two volunteer options; join us on October 23 or 24 for regular Women Build weekend or fill out this form to have your own pod of 5 volunteers for your own, covid friendly, Women Build shift!

"Women Build is the gateway to Habitat love; experience just one Women Build and you are hooked for life!" - Erin, longtime volunteer



An average Habitat home costs $80,000 to build. In order to help families, we rely on our passionate supporters and donors to help us build homes. After raising a record breaking $35,000 last year, we have set a goal to raise $40,000 this year to help us fund the Women Build home.

1. Make a donation - Click the "Give Now" link at the bottom of this page to make a monetary donation

2. Ask your network to make a donation - Create a Facebook fundraiser where you can ask friends and family to support your efforts to help build a home. If you are building with a 'pod', we recommend your fundraising goal to be $500. You can make your fundraiser by clicking here.

3. Attend an event (see event list below) - Events range from dinner parties at individuals homes to give back nights at bars and restaurants. Check out our list of upcoming events where proceeds are benefiting Women Build below.

4. Honor a special Mom in your life by purchasing a Mother's Day Card and making a donation in her name to Habitat.



Upcoming Fundraising Events

See below for our list of upcoming fundraisers and giveback events. Do you want to host an event for Habitat or know of a company interested in partnering with Habitat? Contact Kaitlyn at kkopala@orangehabitat.org. 

Currently, we don't have any events scheduled benefiting Women Build. Check back later as events are being scheduled year-round, including virtual ones! 


Be in the know!

Want to stay up to date with all things Women Build? Sign up for our Women Build specific email list below: