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Every woman can make an impact

The mission of Women Build is to engage women in the effort to provide safe and decent homes for families in need of affordable housing. By recruiting, educating, and inspiring women, we can transform lives in our communities.

Empowering women. Empowering families. Empowering communities.


Every donation builds a foundation for a stronger future

Since 2011, Women Build in Lee and Hendry Counties has partnered with 29 female-headed families to build strength and stability for their children through local fundraising and volunteer efforts. Currently, 75% of Habitat’s future homeowners are female-led households, exemplifying the need for affordable housing among women.

Together, we will raise $450,000 to build a new home in partnership with Melissa and her family, providing them with a stable foundation for generations to come. Funding Women Build supports Habitat’s home-building efforts and the life-changing effects of homeownership for female-led households.

Join the movement:

Become a Sponsor

Engage your business in local, life-changing impact through a Women Build Sponsorship! (Contact Elisa Miller-Burda at

Lead a Fundraising Team

Gather your friends and colleagues to set a fundraising goal! By combining forces, you can empower women through affordable homeownership.

Become a SuperPerson

Join the force of Women and Men who are the foundation of Women Build. With this 5-year commitment, you’ll earn so much more than a cape.

Become a donor

Every donation makes a difference and enables Habitat to continue addressing the need for affordable housing in partnership with local families.


For more information, contact Elisa Miller-Burda at or 239-994-1354.

Kickoff Party

Join us to experience real stories of Habitat for Humanity’s life-changing connections, impact and hope.

Thursday, February 29, 2024 • 6:00 pm
The Club at Pelican Preserve
9802 Pelican Preserve Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33913

Complimentary beer & wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and an official 2024 Women Build t-shirt.

Tickets: $35


The 2024 Women Build Kickoff Party brings together passionate supporters of affordable housing in Lee and Hendry Counties. Together, we have the power to create meaningful and lasting change in our community. Because when a family can build a better life in a stable and affordable home, we are all empowered.

Meet Melissa

Future Women Build 2024 homeowner

Working a full-time job, raising two boys as a single mom and taking care of her fully disabled mother is a constant balancing act for Melissa.

Unaffordable rent leaves little wiggle room for unexpected things. Currently, she’s spending 37% of her gross income on housing expenses, meaning she’s cost-burdened.

“To own and know that you’re going to have the stability of being able to afford it, is huge,” Melissa said.

Melissa is partnering with Habitat for the 2024 Women Build campaign to build a home with an affordable mortgage that will give her the self-reliance she needs.


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For more information, contact Elisa Miller-Burda at or 239-994-1354.

Women Build News

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