Save the Date(s)!

The 2015 Flower City Habitat for Humanity Women Build is here and we couldn’t be more excited to continue our mission of providing a hand up (not a hand out) to families in need right here in Rochester. We have some dates for all of our fantastic volunteers to mark on your calendars!

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2014 Ground Breaking

(Not a volunteer yet? Email rocwomenbuild@gmail.com to learn how to get involved.)

Kick-Off Orientations

We have a lot of changes in store this year, so you’re all invited to one of our ALL VOLUNTEER Kick-Off Orientations. Whether you’re new to Flower City Habitat Women Build, or an experienced volunteer, a Team Leader, or a team member, we strongly encourage everyone to attend one of the following sessions to help ensure you have all the information you need for a successful year of fundraising and building.

Pittsford Community Library
24 State Street
Pittsford, NY 14534
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Click Here to RSVP for the April 14th Kick Off Session

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Henrietta Public Library
455 Calkins Road
Rochester, NY 14623
Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Click Here to RSVP for the April 18th Kick Off Session

If you are unable to attend either of these sessions please see your team leader for more information.
All team leaders should attend the Team Leader Kick Off at Flower City Habitat for Humanity, 755 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14609, at 10:00 AM on April 25, 2015. If you are unable to attend, please email rocwomenbuildhelp4u@gmail.com.
A National Women Build Week Celebration in Portland, OR

A National Women Build Week Celebration in Portland, OR

National Women Build Day Celebration

May 9, 2015  – Join us to celebrate National Women Build Day here in Rochester as other Women Build programs throughout the country do the same. More details to come, but mark your calendar and plan to bring the whole family!

ROC Women Build Week

July 21-25, 2015 – New for 2015, we’ll be hosting a building extravaganza this July as 90 Rochester women come together to build homes for families in need. Email rocwomenbuildhelp4u@gmail.com to find out how your team can participate in this event.

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Calling All Volunteers!

Flower City Habitat for Humanity Women Build is seeking new volunteers to learn new skills, build houses, and change lives for mothers and children here in Rochester.

New to Women Build? Attend one of our upcoming information sessions listed below and meet some of our builders!

Already a volunteer? Share this post and the flyer below with your friends and family and stay tuned for more information about our Kick-Off Meetings in April 2015!

Want to get more involved? We have openings on several of our sub-committees.
Check out the job descriptions below and let us know if you’re interested – we’d love to have you!

New Volunteers:

WB2015RecruitmentInfoSessionFlyerFINALLearn how to start or join a team at one of the following info sessions:

Henrietta Public Library
455 Calkins Road
Rochester, NY 14623
March 10th at 6pm

Pittsford Community Library
24 State Street
Pittsford, NY 14534
March 18th at 6pm

Flower City Habitat
755 Culver Road
Rochester, NY 14609
March 19th at 6pm

Gates Public Library
902 Elmgrove Road
Rochester, NY 14624
March 24th at 6pm

Help Wanted!

The Flower City Habitat Women Build program is run primarily by volunteers. We’re taking on more of the program operation this year and as such are looking for more volunteers to join our sub-committees:

MARKETING SUB-COMMITTEE – Seeking 2-3 volunteers who wish to utilize their marketing skills to increase awareness of Flower City Habitat Women Build initiative, attract more volunteers, and support fundraising efforts.

Preferred Skills: Marketing strategy, copywriting, design, PR, social media. Experience with Flower City Habitat Women Build and/or affiliation with local media organizations a bonus.

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE SUB-COMMITTEE – Seeking 1-2 volunteers to become members of the Volunteer Experience Sub-Committee. Provide back-up to the committee leader to assist in resolving questions/issues on the Donor Pages or Volunteer Up systems. Answer emails, check for system resolution with a quick turnaround to avoid scheduling delays. Time commitment during May-August approximately 1-2 hours per week.

Preferred Skills: Organization, strong communication, ability to manage spreadsheets. IT skills a bonus.

ASSISTANT TO THE SECRETARY – Seeking a volunteer to work with the Flower City Habitat Women Build Secretary, who is in charge of donor Thank You correspondence and takes notes at monthly steering committee meetings. Thank you letter generation is a semi-automated process and all materials are provided. Time commitment: 2-3 hours a week to help generate letters and mail them (April through November); 2 hours once a month when the current secretary is unable to attend a steering committee meeting.

Preferred Skills: Note taking, typing meeting minutes in Word and posting to Dropbox, using the mail merge feature in Word to create thank-you letters for donors.

If you have any questions about starting or joining a team, or if you’re interested in one of the volunteer positions listed above, please contact us at rocwomenbuild@gmail.com.

Hot Enough for You?

Happy Friday! Here is another great build day story from Lesia KindratPratt whose team was on-site back in early July. We just love it when our Women Build volunteers share stories from their build days with us, and we’re always happy to pass them along to you! If you have a story you’d like to share, please send it (along with any photos you have) to Sarah Stage.

What should you do on the hottest day of the summer so far? Stay inside? Stay cool? No! You should build a house!! Which is exactly what Babes in Tool Land did on their second build day!

Babes in Tool Land

Instead of the umbrellas we needed for our first day, we armed ourselves with sunscreen and hats and hit the build site, led, as always, by the invaluable Erwin (who I am I beginning to think should be nominated for sainthood for his seemingly endless patience and good humor).

ScaffoldingAfter putting together and securing the scaffolding on the side of the house, it was time to get to work. (Wait, putting up the scaffolding wasn’t the work?!) We added foam to the front and side of the house, helped prep for siding, and got to use some power tools. Electric saw? No problem! Hop up on the scaffolding? Got it! Start roofing? You be–

Wait, what?

Yep, just before lunch…the roof arrived. One minute we were innocently standing on the scaffolding, and the next…well, Erwin grinned at us and decided that since we were up there already…

Time for Lunch

And that’s how my teammates and I learned how to put a roof on a house! A couple snapped chalk lines later, and we were on our way. It was definitely a surprise, and there is no doubt it was hot up there, but armed with lots of water and determination, my team and I got to do something we’ve never done before. It’s a testament to Habitat and its foremen that three women can stand at roof level and add something real and meaningful to a house and then point to it and say “We did that!”

Another day in the books for Babes in Tool Land. Another day closer to a home for another Rochester family in need.

Rain or Shine

From time to time, our fabulous Women Build volunteers will share stories from their build days with us, and we’re always happy to pass them along to you! We hope you enjoy this build day story from Lesia KindratPratt, whose team was on-site back in June. If you have a story you’d like to share, please send it (along with any photos you have) to Sarah Stage.

After five years, it was bound to happen…our build day weather luck ran out. After years of gloriously cool days, or at the very least, hot muggy days without a cloud in the sky, Babes in Tool Land’s first build day this year dawned gray and damp, moving into a steady drizzle by the time the day’s orientation was complete.

Rain or Shine

But did that stop us? Nope! Rain, mud, and wet sawdust were no match for the Babes as we followed our fearless leader, Erwin, down the ladder (who needs a staircase?) into the basement. First order of business? Prep the basement for the cement that was arriving in the near future. So while dodging the raindrops sneaking in through strategic places (always where we seemed to be standing!), we raked, buried the larger rocks, leveled the stone, and laid the plastic tarp. Basement was ready.

Lesia Kindratpratt

We broke for an early lunch, hoping we could perhaps outsmart Mother Nature and convince her that we were actually done for the day. No such luck!

Erwin kindly offered us an early dismissal, but last time we checked, Babes don’t melt – we were there to work! Basement duties done, we had no choice but to work outside, and work outside we did. The afternoon was spent hammering, sawing, and making sure the walls were straight and level for the roof that was starting in a few days.

Babes in Toolland

We were definitely a sight for sore eyes by the time we were done – soggy, tired, and probably unwelcome in most public places, but proud of our days’ work nonetheless. We helped build a house! Habitat really is “rain or shine,” and Babes in Tool Land can now lay claim to having worked in both. But in the end, an amazing build day as always, no matter what the weather!!

Can You Dig It? 2014 Women Build Ground Breaking on May 10th

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Spring has sprung (well, almost), and it’s time to start digging! Save the date and join the army of over 200 Women Build Volunteers as we break ground for the foundation of the 10th home sponsored and built by Flower City Habitat for Humanity Women Build volunteers.

Saturday, May 10th at 11:00 AM, 796 Jay Street

The groundbreaking ceremony is the official KICKOFF for the 2014 Women Build project and celebrates the first day of construction. It is the first of three major milestones in the building of the Women Build home. The second and third are the Wall Raising in June and the Dedication in August or September. Each milestone represents a time for celebration and reflection of what’s been accomplished, and what lies ahead.  It takes 77 days to build a house, and this is Day #1!! Please come and grab the ceremonial gold shovel and help with the dig, meet the family and other volunteers!

This also means that you and your teams can start signing up NOW for Build Days, with Tuesday, May 13th as the first official build day. Check out the schedule on Volunteer Up!, Flower City Habitat for Humanity’s online volunteer management system.

EVERYONE is WELCOME! We’ll be there rain or shine (and hopefully, no snow!!). Won’t you please join us? Bring your entire team and remember,

GIVE A WOMAN A POWER TOOL AND SHE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!!

We Love Our Women Build Volunteers!

This week has been National Volunteer Week (April 6-12, 2014) and we want to take the opportunity to THANK OUR MANY DEDICATED WOMEN BUILD VOLUNTEERS!

Each year we set out to empower women to help women break the cycle of poverty by getting a mother and her family into stable and affordable housing.  It takes countless volunteer hours to raise the $75,000 to pay for each house AND the labor to build it. But year after year we have achieved this goal because of YOU!

As we begin work on our 10th Flower City Habitat for Humanity Women Build house we want to take a moment and CELEBRATE YOU – our volunteers who commit time, resources, energy and passion to empowering women to break the cycle of poverty by providing a hand up, not a hand out right here in Rochester.

We’re off to an amazing start this year with 22 Women Build teams signed up to fundraise and build!

YOU inspire us – you are creative, committed, and caring.

YOU are making a difference in our city one nail, one house, one community at a time.

“Give a Woman a Power Tool and She Can Change the World”

THANK YOU!

Time To Celebrate!

We’ve raised the money, we’ve built the house…it’s time to dedicate and celebrate! Mark your calendars:

What: 2013 Women Build House Dedication
When: December 14, 2013, 11am – 12pm
Where: 10 Kondolf Street, Rochester, NY 14606 (ceremony will be held indoors)

If you’ve never been to a Flower City Habitat for Humanity House Dedication, you’re missing out. The homeowners, family, staff and volunteers get the opportunity to gather together to celebrate the fact that months of dedication and hard work have finally paid off. Personally, it’s my favorite part of participating in a build – getting to see the dream of owning a home become a reality.

I do hope you’ll join us in celebrating with Kreasha, Don’Trael, Khemani and their family.

Also, teams are welcome (but by no means obligated) to bring gifts, cards, team photos, etc. to the dedication. If your team is planning to bring anything for Kreasha and her family, please let Teresa Bianchi know so she can plan accordingly.

Oh yeah…these guys will be there too!