Walls, walls, walls

10530699_10203598009603877_8129331218655059751_nThe past couple of days have been all about the walls! Walls of LOVE!

10568690_10152351652742998_222923318_nIn fact, the house is getting closer to being a home each day thanks to our awesome Women Build volunteer & fundraising teams.

DeltaSigma1 We’d like to take a moment to say thank you to every one of you who has come out and built so far this summer. We know it’s been dusty and sticky.


Sometimes it’s been wet and muddy. But our Women Build volunteers have complained not once and look at the incredible progress that can be done when a bunch of good-hearted people put their mind and muscles to work! Incredible things.

10356396_10152251328552635_5169152187230439321_nSpeaking of fundraising, you can join Calico Hammers at their Garden Party this Thursday at the Warner Castle in Highland Park to raise funds for the Women Build program. Just click here to make a $35 donation and get your name on the entry list.

Calico Hammer’s Garden Party
August 14th
6:00—8:00 pm
$35 minimum donation
Rochester Civic Garden Center
Warner Castle at Highland Park
5 Castle Park, 14620
On-site and street parking on Reservoir Ave.
No tickets sold at the door.

One more event update – we wanted to let you know that the Women Build dedication that was set for August 23rd has been postponed. So you can free up that day, but hold on tight because we will be dedicating this house and once we have a date, we’ll make sure you know it!


The Porch Days of Summer

1798805_808397089194382_4768163558593440406_nFilled with lounging, lemonade, people watching, and neighbor chats. This is what late July and August is about! And for our Women Build teams, it’s about building that porch for our future homeowner family.


That’s right, we’re on to outside details like porches, siding, and doors. You know, all of those things that begin to make for curb appeal.

100_2019And speaking of appeals, we’re only about $5,000 away from making our $75,000 2014 Women Build goal. Which means we need your help to make that final push to your friends, family, and other networks to help us call the financial part of this house a done deal. And remember, anything extra we raise still goes to the Women Build program – so push push push! And if you’d like to donate, you can click here to make a general 2014 Women Build donation.

100_2022Then it will be time for celebration! In fact, add the date below to your calendar. It’s when we’ll be dedicating the house to the Bailey family – and EVERYONE is invited (including your team members, donors, and curious friends.)

2014 Women Build House Dedication
August 23rd
796 Jay Street
Rochester, NY

Calling All Volunteers: You’re Invited!

Thank You

In case you haven’t heard, the 2014 Women Build House now has a ROOF! In addition, we now have over $61,000 towards our goal of $75,000! Of course all of this progress would not be possible without our fabulous volunteers, so we wanted to say thank you and invite you to celebrate our progress:

What: 2014 Flower City Habitat for Humanity Women Build Happy Hour
Where: Hicks & McCarthy, 23 S Main St, Pittsford, NY 14534
When: Thursday, July 24, 5pm – 7pm
Free Appetizers and 1 Free Drink Per Person

We do hope you can join us in celebrating our progress and our goal of empowering women to break the cycle of poverty by providing a hand up, not a hand out right here in Rochester one family, one home, one neighborhood at a time.

The Pink Wall

DSC_0843Last Sunday we celebrated with the raising of the pink wall at the 2014 Women Build home.

DSC_0839Teams came up one by one and you all did a fantastic job raising the wall, posing for photos, and giving an incredible round of applause.

DSC_0875Some of you may have given Erwin a little bit of a panic attack with your enthusiasm. But it’s okay, we feel that excited to!

DSC_0896Especially to share that with the donations you have brought in, the Guest Bartender Night from April, and the Lowe’s Women Build Week grant – we have raised over $50,000 for this house!

DSC_0904Along with the wall raising, we got to meet the newest Bailey – Jordyn! Yes, that’s right, Je’nnell had her babe. Isn’t she gorgeous?!

Single_mom_finds_home_through_Habitat_for_Humanity_-_2014-06-11_16.30.13The Democrat and Chronicle had a great summary of the wall raising event in Monday’s paper. You can check it out by clicking here. Be sure to share it with friends and donors! And if you’re looking for MORE photos of the wall raising event, you can find them here at Flower City Habitat’s Facebook page. Share, share, share!

DSC_0813$50,000 means that we only have 1/3 left to go! So if you’re still working on your $200 now’s the time to get the word out! And if you’ve passed your $200 goal, keep the good work coming! Every little bit helps, and all donations that we get beyond the $75,000 we need this year will help us get a jump-start on next year’s house.

DSC_0886Speaking of FUNdraising events, we have some coming up.
See below for information.

Monday, July 21 On Kall Women for Habitat Golf Tourney: Mendon Country Club. 1pm shotgun start with a casual lunch prior included.  The format will be scramble (best ball); looking for a max of 25 teams.  The cost is $400 per foursome, includes lunch, one drink ticket, 18 holes of golf, cart, appetizers after the round.  Cash bar will be available.  We’ll also sell tickets for raffles and possibly opportunities for extra tickets to sell for mulligans, and “have the ace golfer hit for you”.

DSC_0848Thursday, August 14 Calico Hammers “Women Build & Rochester Civic Garden Center Homes & History Fundraiser”, 6-8 pm – more details in next week’s email.  SAVE THE DATE!

One more thing, our thanks to Stephanie Morrow for donating her photography power and grabbing a lot of these shots. We couldn’t look this good without you!


WallRaisingGet your camera batteries charged, ladies because it’s that time again – time for WALL RAISING!

2014 Women Build Wall Raising
Sunday, June 8th
796 Jay Street
Rochester, NY 14611

If you’ve not been to a Women Build wall raising before, this is your chance to get with your team and raise a wall on the Women Build home. It’s a great photo opportunity, a chance to mingle with other Women Build fans, and an opportunity to get out in the neighborhood.

DSCN2802We’ll also be passing out our 2014 Women Build t-shirts to those of you already on a team. If you’re not already on a team, stop on out so we can get you hooked up with an amazingly fun way to give back to your community!

The event is open to the public, so bring your friends, family, or even your donors. We’ll raise that wall as many times as we can. And if you’re the only one who’s able to come from your team – come out anyway. We’ll be sure to get you in on the fun!

One House at a Time, One Family at a Time

This week’s Women Build blog post was written by one of our summer college volunteers, Crystal Colon an English & Business student from The University of Rochester. If you haven’t already, you’ll have a chance to meet Crystal this summer, and she’ll be blogging for the Women Build blog on occasion. Welcome to the team Crystal! – Deanna


On a beautiful Saturday morning – a day filled with golden shovels, rainbow confetti, and about 50 women volunteers wearing red T-shirts – the construction process of a new life for a disadvantaged family had begun. That is the main mission of Flower City Habitat for Humanity during National Women Build Week, to dig up a hole on your neighborhood street! The best part of it is a brand new house will fill up that hole; a house that will soon be the home of a Rochester family working to make the American dream possible. National Women Build Week is about empowering women to go out on a Habitat for Humanity construction site and volunteer a day even if they don’t have construction skills. It’s a week about making your community a better place, or as Flower City Habitat Women Build would cheer, “Give a Woman A Power Tool and She Can Change the World!”


This groundbreaking event, which took place on May 10th, occurs annually and one of its most prominent goals is to empower women to go out and build. There are 30 teams of women volunteers of some which include Hammer Heads, Delta Sigma Theta, Girls United, Hammers & Heels, and much more. These women groups volunteer Tuesday through Saturday in parties of six and work long hard hours to accomplish their goal. It takes about three months (77 days) total to completely finish up the making of an entire home. Rochester is not the only place where women are skilled with shovels and dreams come true. Over 52,000 women across 50 states have volunteered for National Women Build Week since 2008. This year, over 13,000 people volunteered in National Women Build Week 2014.

Lowe’s serves as a national sponsor for National Women Build Week and alone donated $5,000 for the Flower City Habitat 2014 Women Build project. Henrietta Lowe’s employees attended the day of the event to support and contribute to the success of this very important and symbolic day. Lowe’s, overall, has given $63 million to Habitat’s across the United States since 2003.


The Bailey family, soon to be home-owner of the house, is extremely enthusiastic about what she and Habitat is doing for her family. At the event, Bailey along with her four joyful children grabbed shovels and poured strips of confetti onto the pit of the hole, a symbolic act as prayers and best wishes were raised to the heavens. This year’s National Women Build Week was a complete success and will continue to serve the Rochester community by helping families and encouraging women to be the backbone of this annual event.

Breaking Ground


This Saturday (May 10th) at 11am we’ll all be gathered at the 2014 Women Build house on 796 Jay Street to share the progress, dig a little dirt, and toss a few blessings and hopes into the foundation of the project. It’s our 10th Women Build house, so it promises to be a historic occasion.


It also happens to be National Women Build Week around the US, so we’ll be celebrating and thanking our friends at Lowe’s for their $5,000 gift to 2014 Women Build, and the $63 million they have given to Habitat for Humanity since 2003. Our friends from Henrietta, NY Lowe’s will be on hand to celebrate with us, and we simply can’t wait to bring them into the fun and passion you all bring to Women Build.

5-8-14CBe sure to bring your camera, there will be tons of opportunity for photos with the foundation, golden shovels, and homeowner family. If you share your photos (which we encourage you to do!) be sure to tag them with #WomenBuild so that Habitat affiliates around the US can see the great work that you all are making possible in Rochester.

For our Women Build clinic with Henrietta Lowe’s. They’ll be teaching our Women Build volunteers how to tile as another gift to our Women Build program. RSVPs are necessary so we have the right amount of material, so be sure to email us if you’re planning to attend.

Sunday, May 18th*
8am – 10am
Henrietta Lowe’s
2350 Marketplace Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
Email tbianchi@rochesterhabitat.org to RSVP yes.

*We know that for many of you, Sunday mornings are time for faith so we’re working on adding another date for this event. Stay tuned and we’ll let you know if it all works out.