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.

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!!

Can you dig it?

FCHHWBGB13BLast Saturday, on Mother’s Day weekend, we celebrated the kick-off of our 2013 Women Build home and 2013 National Women Build Week sponsored by Lowe’s Home Improvement through what was supposed to be a ground breaking ceremony. You know, one in which we really dig the foundation.

FCHHWBGB13TBut as we’ve learned here at Flower City Habitat for Humanity, Mother Nature doesn’t always agree with our pretty manicured media events, and so the rain came hard and steady earlier in the week – creating havoc for the dumping grounds and pushing our spoil-haul off until the following week. No hauling of spoils means so digging of basements, and so we brought out the golden shovels (and a surprise pink pay loader thanks to the generous crew at AP Enterprises) and made the “ceremonial” first digs with our homeowner family and Women Build Teams.

FCHHWBGB13EIt may have been windy, and cold more like a March day than a May day, but that couldn’t keep the smiles off of anyone’s face. When you break ground on a Habitat house, even if it’s just a few shovels full, it’s a GOOD day – ya know?

FCHHWBGB13FAnd those at the event had a chance to meet our 2013 homeowner, Kreasha, her son Don’Trael, and her daughter Khemani – taking a GOOD day to a GREAT day.

FCHHWBGB13GThrow in a lovely present from Michelle Ashby to Karen Kall – a plague of this year’s Democrat & Chronicle article about Women Build and Kall; coverage from WHEC, YNN, and HER Magazine; and Women Build swag-bags for all those who attended – and, well, let’s just say no windy cold grey day could bring us down!

WB13GBaWhich leads to today (May 16th), where we finally dug down down down on a bright and sunny 80 degree day creating the foundation-hole for our 2013 Women Build house. That’s right ladies, there is a foundation-hole ready with your name on it. So make sure you’ve got your pages ready, the donations flowing in, and your team’s volunteer day set up with our part-time volunteer coordinator – because we’ve got a house to build!