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. This year in western St. Tammany, 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 2018 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 2017, W.A.T.C.H. women donated $39,000 toward building safe, affordable housing.

Download the 2018 W.A.T.C.H. sign up form here. If you have any questions please contact contact Jennifer Messina via email or phone at (985) 893-3172 ext 232 for more information.

If you would like to pay monthly on your W.A.T.C.H. membership, please contact contact Jennifer Messina via email or phone at (985) 893-3172 ext 232 to get set up on a monthly recurring payment.

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

Meet Our Women Build Homebuyer

Our Women Build 2018 Homebuyer is Sandy Payne! You can read about the Payne Family's story here.

Directions to the Women Build 2018 Build Site

This year's build site is 70429 9th Street, Covington, LA

Women Build & W.A.T.C.H. 2018 Co-Chairs

Daina Short is the Women Build 2018 Committee Chair. She will work 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 new Women Build awareness event.

Ellie Merrick is the W.A.T.C.H. Chair and will work alongside Daina and the committee to keep our current members up to date on all of our socials and events. They will also work to recruit 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 2018 Sponsors

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