You Nailed It!

What an amazing group of women we have working on this year’s home. I know I speak for the whole Women Build Committee when I say we are so very thankful for each and every one of you.

As our last (but not least!) award for this year, we’d like to recognize the teams who have raised over $1,000. Winners of the You Nailed It award are:

Just Nail It
ROC Links
Tipping Point Media

Thank you!


Rising Star Awards

Good Morning Everyone! Did you know that Tuesday is the beginning of the work week for build volunteers at Flower City Habitat for Humanity? Build days run Tuesday through Saturday, and if you haven’t signed up yet you can do so here.

In honor of the new week, Women Build Committee would like to recognize our new teams for 2013. These ladies have jumped in and offered ‘a hand-up not a hand-out” and we’re glad they did! The winners of the Rising Star Awards are:

Building 4 Generations
Hammer Heads
Hammer Time
iRoc Yoga

Don’t forget – it’s never too late to get involved! If you have a friend, colleague or family member who is interested in joining or starting a team, please have them contact Mary Hadley for information on the 2014 Women Build!

Over the Top

Next up, the Women Build Committee would like to recognize two teams who not only greatly exceeded their team’s fundraising goal, but did so with flair! The winners of the Over the Top award are:

Hammers ‘n’ Heels

The girls of Hammers ‘n’ Heels hail from the administration department at Manning and Napier and made a colorful addition to the Wall Raising Ceremony this year. Their team page features their own logo and a quote from Winston Churchill:

“You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.”

Great words to live by ladies!

Hammers 'n' Heels

Speaking of words, do you know what SWwAG stands for? This outstanding group of women created the acronym to stand for Strong Women with A Goal – a name which they have lived up to 100%.


Stay tuned – more awards to come!

5 Year Hero Awards

The 2013-2014 Women Build Committee would like to recognize two very special groups of women whose dedication and hard work has helped make the Flower City Habitat for Humanity Women Build what it is today. These founding teams have been working tirelessly for 5 years, and we couldn’t be more thankful.

The recipients of the 5 Year Hero Awards are:

MK Pink Worker Bees
Rem’Arc’able Women

MK Pink Worker Bees

Ladies – we truly appreciate all that you have done over the years to help make the Women Build a sustainable, ongoing effort here in Rochester. Thank you!

Rem'Arc'able Women

Stay tuned – more awards are on the way!

Hero Awards

Greetings from the Steering Committee!

We are very pleased to announce that the following teams have earned the Hero Award for raising over $2,000 for the 2013 Flower City Habitat Women Build:

LaBella Associates
Babes in Tool Land

Congratulations to the leaders and members of each of these teams on an incredibly successful year of fundraising!

LaBella Assocciates

Both teams were on site building last week and had a blast. Lesia of Babes in Tool Land said, “We began siding the house, and we ROCKED it. Erwin even trusted me with the nail gun, and it turns out, I’ve found my wheelhouse in construction! We all had a great time, and left happy and satisfied.”

Babes in Tool Land

If that doesn’t make you want to throw on your purple t-shirt and head out to the site, I don’t know what will… Congratulations again to all, and thank you for all your hard work!

Stay tuned – more awards are on the way!

We Did It!!!

Congratulations to all – we have officially reached our goal of $75,000!


Each year we start the Women Build program holding our breath and taking a leap of faith that we will be able to raise $75,000 to build a house for a single mom and her family. Your commitment, creativity and perseverance has paid off as we’ve met our 2013 goal! Whether you made visits, calls and emails to donors, held fundraisers, sold Delta Sonic tickets, got corporate funding, put out donation buckets at garage sales or in your office, or donated your own money… YOU DID IT! WAY TO GO!

Take a moment and celebrate – and thank your donors – share the good news – invite them out to see the house!

The Women Build Committee would like to acknowledge and give a great big thanks to Karen Kall who has led the Women Build program the past few years and put us on this successful path for the 2013 Women Build house!


And a big shout out to the entire 2012-2013 Women Build Committee who worked tirelessly behind the scenes with planning, fundraising, recruiting, and sweating the details of the Women Build program:

  • Mary Hadley
  • Sarah Stage
  • Stephanie Rankin
  • Jackie Crego
  • Judie Griffin

And also a huge THANK YOU to the ladies behind the scenes REALLY sweating the day to day details and tactical plans…our Flower City Habitat for Humanity Heroes:

  • Teresa Bianchi
  • Deanna Varble
  • Kayla Himelein

All money that comes in while we are working on the 2013 house will help us get a head start on our 2014 Women Build House fundraising, which will be a huge help!


Now our focus will be on completing the build. Make sure to sign up and get out on the site!


Happy Building!

2013 Women Build Awards

Greetings from the Women Build Steering Committee! It seems like only yesterday we were sitting in the fundraising juice boost sessions and gearing up to raise $75,000 for this year’s house and now we’re almost there! I think we all deserve a big pat on the back.

Go on. I’ll wait.

All joking aside, we wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for all of your hard work, so THANK YOU. This year, we have decided to recognize the efforts of teams we feel have gone above and beyond with a series of awards. There will be categories for new teams, founding teams, large teams and small teams. The winning teams will receive a framed award certificate as well as recognition here on the blog over the next couple of weeks.

Aug 16 - Pam and Nancy using the saw

First up, we have the MEGA Award for teams who have raised over $5,000 for the 2013 Women Build Home. Winners of the MEGA Award are:

Calico Hammers
Insero & Company
On Kall Women
Women with KMC

Congratulations to the leaders and members of each of these teams on an incredibly successful year of fundraising!

Stay tuned, because there are more awards to come!

In build news, the house is progressing quickly! Yesterday Insero & Company installed foam insulation and doors and prepped for window installation.

Renee installs a door

As always, if you have photos or news you’d like to share, please pass them along to our committee chair Mary Hadley. Happy building!