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.

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.

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!!

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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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:

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Building 4 Generations
EHS2
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
SWwAG

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%.

SWwAG

Stay tuned – more awards to come!