Habitat Chesapeake Celebrates Women Build 


Women leaders from powerful local corporations like Under Armour, Wells Fargo, Harkins Construction and Whiting-Turner lent a hand this past Mother’s Day week as part of Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake’s 2017 Women Build. For Habitat Chesapeake, Women Build  is an opportunity to bring women together to help families build strength, stability, hope and independence. More than 80 percent of Habitat Chesapeake homeowners are female-headed households so Women Build is truly an example of women helping other women succeed.

Arriving on site as early as 8:00 a.m., teams from across the Baltimore metropolitan area readied themselves for a day of service. Women from all backgrounds, occupations, and ages, united to bring change to Mt. Winans, an underserved community in south Baltimore. Despite its poverty, the community has assets like a playground, walkable routes to school and easy access to I-95 and 295 that offer hope for the future.

Participants for this year’s Women Build included Wells Fargo, Interlux, First National Bank, Ms. Honey Do, Whiting-Turner Construction, Harkins Construction, Under Armour, First National Bank, Allegis Group, and M. Luis Construction. Tasked with the job of air sealing - the process of filling gaps between framing with caulk for maximum energy efficiency - the groups dug right in. Habitat’s Construction Site Supervisor, Denise Sample, stood by to guide the groups throughout the build, answering technical questions, as well as inquiries about the community, the history of Habitat Chesapeake and Women Build.

Monica Mitchell, Community Development Vice President for Wells Fargo was also in attendance. Addressing the volunteers as they congregated with Habitat staff before the build, Ms. Mitchell touched on Wells Fargo’s commitment to the community, investing $67 billion across their footprint in community efforts alone.  When asked about the company’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Mitchell commented, “As our company continues to literally and figuratively rebuild trust, I know of no better way than to continue to be a partner with Habitat for Humanity. Our Women Team Member Network is tremendously proud to be here today to support the build.”

In the end, the event left a lasting impression. For many volunteers, some of whom were participating in their first build, the event was an exciting one - action-packed and full of learning about construction terminology and skills. Others were simply humbled. “It’s a blessing to be here, helping a family,” said one volunteer from M. Luis Construction. “This is going to be someone’s home!”

Think participating in a build event would be a good fit for your organization? For more information on how your organization can participate, please visit www.habitatchesapeake.org/get-involved or email info@habitatchesapeake.org.


For more photos from this event, visit the Women Build photo album.