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,



Save the Date: Women Build Guest Bartender Night

It’s that time again! We’re gearing up for our 3rd Annual Guest Bartender Night at The Grill at ONE (near East and Alexander) on Wednesday, April 30th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, so mark your calendars and tell your friends!

The Flower City Habitat for Humanity Women Build Program has a goal of empowering women to break the cycle of poverty by providing a hand up, not a hand out. So, 12 brave volunteers will be stepping behind the bar and donating all cash tips to help us reach our goal of raising $75,000 to help build a home alongside a low-income family right here in Rochester.

If you’ve attended in the past, we’re changing things up a little this year and making it a competition! Each bartender will be issued an apron to collect tips (while they are behind the bar and throughout the evening) and all of those tips will be counted towards the fundraising goal of the team they represent. We’ll be counting throughout the evening and posting totals to see who’s in the lead!

Women Build Guest Bartender Night

Of course, the more people in attendance, the more funds we raise, so that’s where you come in! Please take a moment to share this event with your friends, family and co-workers and encourage them to attend. Send out an email or text message, or invite them to the event on Facebook:

If you can’t make it, please donate to your favorite bartender on our fundraising page:

If you have any questions, please contact me (Sarah Stage) at or my co-chair Ginny Hronek at

2014 Women Build Social Media Guide

Our slogan is “Give a Woman a Power Tool and She Can Change the World.” That’s a pretty powerful message, but any message can only go as far as it is heard. That’s where social media comes in. Think of it as your loud-speaker to help get your message heard by as many people as possible.

Social media can be a great tool for recruiting, promoting events, and fundraising. Here’s an example of how your social media network can work for you:

With the Power of Engagement, $100 becomes $500

In this example, a $100 donation becomes $500 through the power of engagement.

Want to get started, but don’t know how, or feel like you need some ideas? That’s why we’ve created this handy Social Media Guide full of examples and step by step instructions on how to use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to help amplify your Women Build involvement.

Click Here to Dowload: 2014 Women Build Social Media Guide

International Women’s Day

Did you know that tomorrow (March 8th) is International Women’s Day? This day has been observed since the early 1900s to celebrate and recognize the achievements of women across the globe, from women’s suffrage to competing in the Olympics.

International Women's DayTo learn more about the history of International Women’s Day, click here.

As a celebration of the Flower City Habitat Women Build commitment to empowering women, we’re asking that you share your favorite photo or story from your Women Build experience on Facebook or Twitter. Be sure to like & tag both organizations!

Click on the links below to like each organization on Facebook:

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Click on the links below to follow each organization on Twitter:

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