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 2019, over 400 volunteers contributed over 2,065 volunteer hours during October to help build the Bunns Family home in Mandeville.

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 2020 Sponsor Packet. The sponsorship deadline to be included in marketing materials is August 28th. 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 2020 volunteer calendar can accommodate 30 volunteers per day. Volunteer dates are September 8th through November 20th. 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 2019, W.A.T.C.H. women donated $44,000 toward building safe, affordable housing.

Download the 2020 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

Meet Our Women Build Homebuyer!


To read about our Women Build 2020 Homebuyer, Ami Pearson, click here.

To read about our Women Build 2020 Homebuyer, Jonika Causey, click here.

Directions to the Women Build 2020 Build Site

Please refer to your volunteer email for the address you will be working on!




Women Build Pendant

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Local jewelry maker and artist, Jose Balli, graciously created this beautiful Hammer & Heel pendant to represent this fundraising event and Habitat STW’s Women Build. Support Habitat STW by purchasing your pendant online by clicking below. The pendant is $75 and if you’d like to include a chain, it is $105. They will be available for pick up at the ReStore. Show your support for Habitat STW everywhere you go while benefitting Habitat STW’s Women Build with your purchase!
Custom Jose Balli Hammers & Heels Jewelry


Women Build & W.A.T.C.H. 2020 Co-Chairs

Daina Short and Ellie Merrick are co-chairs for W.A.T.C.H and the Women Build 2020 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 La Provence 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 2020 Sponsors

Legacy Builder

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Community Builder

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Neighborhood Builder

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Leadership Builder

Blue Williams, L.L.P.
fl+WB Architects
Lowe's
Made in the Shade Northshore
Porteous Hainkel & Johnson
Truitt Law Firm



Independence Builder

Artmasters Screen Printing Inc.
Keller Williams
Rice-Voelker Fund for Recovery



Family Builder

POOLCORP
Ron Lee Homes
Windmill Nursery