July 1, 2019
On Saturday, June 29th, 29 women and five men came together to work at West Tuality Habitat’s Kidd Court development and on two repair projects in Verboort and Cornelius. This group was the participants of West Tuality Habitat’s first annual Women Build event. Through this event, the group not only made a powerful impact all over their community, but also had the opportunity to learn about tools and construction. Some participants were trying something completely new while other participants were able to add new skills to the existing tool belt. No matter the skill level they started at, the group left with experience on construction and repair sites and new relationships with their fellow community members.
Women Build is a program under Habitat for Humanity International that aims to include more women in the male-dominated field of construction. Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country host Women Build events in a variety of ways year-round. Women Build is about including women—not excluding men. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join the event, but its focus is on providing an empowering environment where women can learn, build, and lead together.
West Tuality Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build 2019 included 29 women and five men working on three sites in Forest Grove, Cornelius, and Verboort where they painted two homes and installed siding on two exterior walls of a Habitat house. Before we began work in the morning all of the Women Build participants met at Kidd Court to do a mini-clinic where they learned about, and used, various tools used on our construction and repair sites. This clinic was led by some of West Tuality Habitat’s regular volunteer crew.
The event was sponsored by John L. Scott Forest Grove Market Center. Nine of the participants Saturday came on the John L. Scott team, and they worked alongside some of West Tuality Habitat for Humanity’s regular construction volunteers installing siding on houses #15 and #16 at Kidd Court in Forest Grove.