Women Build

Women Build is an annual project in which Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West empowers women, without excluding men, to build homes, enabling them to positively impact the lives of families by making home ownership a reality. In 2018, over 375 volunteers contributed over 2,250 volunteer hours during October to help build the Payne Family home in Covington.

Women possess all that's needed to create dramatic change in our community. From volunteering to donating, there are many ways to contribute to the success of this program:

Become a Sponsor or Donor

Download the Women Build 2019 sponsor form. The sponsorship deadline is September 13th to be included in promotional material. You can view all of the potential promotion material here. Have questions? Please contact Leighanne Weeks via email or phone at (985) 893-3172 ext 244.

Become a Sponsor

Be a Volunteer

The Women Build 2019 volunteer calendar can accommodate 25 volunteers per day. Volunteer dates are September 28 through October 31st. The build days are Tuesday - Saturday, 9am-3pm. We welcome your office, group of friends or individual volunteers!

Use the PayPal link below to make your $30 volunteer donation. Once that is complete, you will receive an email confirmation from our Volunteer Coordinator, Katie Melucci, to set up your volunteer date. If you have any questions please contact contact Katie Melucci via email or phone at (985) 893-3172 ext 222 for more information.

Be A Volunteer

Become a WATCH member

W.A.T.C.H. is a group of dedicated ladies who ensure Women Build continues to thrive in western St. Tammany. It began in 2009 when a group of women accepted the challenge by pledging $1,000 a year. In recognition and appreciation of their support, members wear a hand-crafted glass lapel pin created by Carol Lapari designs. In 2018, W.A.T.C.H. women donated $65,000 toward building safe, affordable housing.

Download the 2019 W.A.T.C.H. sign up form here. If you have any questions please contact contact Leighanne Weeks via email or phone at (985) 893-3172 ext 244 for more information.

If you would like to pay monthly on your W.A.T.C.H. membership, please contact Leighanne Weeks via email or phone at (985) 893-3172 ext 244 to get set up on a monthly recurring payment.

Become a W.A.T.C.H. Member

Hammers and Heels

Hammers & Heels 2019 is currently sold out. If you would like to be placed on the wait list, please contact Leighanne Weeks via email or phone at (985) 893-3172 ext 244.
Purchase Tickets

Meet Our Women Build Homebuyer!

Meet Edward Dowling! You can read about Ed's story here.
Meet Tkeyah Bunns! You can learn more about the Bunns Family here.

Directions to the Women Build 2019 Build Site

Stay tuned! More details about the build site location will be announced.

Women Build & W.A.T.C.H. 2019 Co-Chairs

Daina Short and Ellie Merrick are co-chairs for W.A.T.C.H and the Women Build 2019 Committee. Daina and Ellie will work together with the committee to lead the way as we begin to recruit our sponsors, volunteers and will lead the planning for Hammers and Heels, a Maison Lafitte Fashion Show benefitting Women Build. They will also work together to keep current W.A.T.C.H members up to date on all of our socials and events, as well as recruiting people that would like to host a W.A.T.C.H social.

If you have any questions about Women Build or W.A.T.C.H. please feel free to contact Daina via email or Ellie via email.

Women Build 2019 Sponsors

Legacy Builder


Community Builder

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Neighborhood Builder

Home Bank
Safelite Autoglass
Serpas Court Reporting

Leadership Builder

Bmac Interiors
Gulf Coast Bank Home Loans
Howell & Associates
Junior League of Greater Covington
LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors
Lakeview Regional Hospital
Porteous Hainkel & Johnson LLP
Resource Bank
Stirling Properties
St. Tammany Parish Hospital & Ochsner

Independence Builder

Anderson Engineers
Selene Eagan-Tingle State Farm

Family Builder

Blitch Knevel Architects
Coldwell Bankers TEC, Realtors
CJ Ladner State Farm Insurance Agency
ITC4 Promos
Made in the Shade Northshore
Ron Lee homes
Windmill Nursery