She Builds in Action – San Francisco
Since the She Builds program launched in San Francisco, Rebuilding Together San Francisco has completed work on eight nonprofit spaces and six homes, provided mentorship and employment opportunities for women, and has increased its project scope, volunteer numbers, and sponsorship amount every year. Along with repair projects and training workshops, the program matches women in skilled trades with women interested or new to skilled trades for networking and mentoring. San Francisco attributes its successes to having a committed group of passionate women on their steering committee and access to a network of professional women in the skilled trades.
In 2019, over 250 tradeswomen and female volunteer teams from the community, local businesses, and corporate sponsors came together to support the safety and longevity of two women-owned homes, a children’s center that provides mental health services for underserved youth, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence, a community garden, and a facility that supports homeless women and children. This work provided critical repairs and community support for the home and family of Charlene, a fifth generation San Franciscan who has lived in her home since 1961 and was unable to keep up with critical repairs after her father passed away.
She Builds in Action – Oklahoma City, OK
Rebuilding Together Oklahoma City has strategically evolved their She Builds program to become a standing and well-recognized community movement. Oklahoma City has grown the program budget from $25,000 in their initial year to $100,000 in 2019. To kick off the program, this affiliate conducts skills training workshops, which include rotations among various home-repair training stations. After the completion of a series of rebuilds for women-led households, the program hosts a leadership luncheon with keynote speakers and female business leaders served as table hosts. For Oklahoma City, She Builds isn’t just about home repairs, it’s about getting women from all over the city civically engaged in their own communities.
She Builds in Action – New York City, NY
Each fall, Rebuilding Together New York City organizes a community revitalization event with 100+ volunteers from the real estate industry to improve a nonprofit facility that supports under-resourced women and their families. The program harnesses the technical knowledge and skills of high-powered female real estate industry leaders to promote safe and healthy living conditions for women and families across New York City.
In 2019, Rebuilding Together New York City renovated the Sarah Powell Huntington House, a shelter for formerly incarcerated and women and their children managed by the Women’s Prison Association. Volunteers helped with repairs and renovations that included mold abatement, upgrades to the childcare floor, repainting of rooms and hallways, upgrades to the shared outdoors space and more. Volunteers completed nearly 800 hours of volunteer service at the Sarah Powell Huntington House making a real difference in the lives of 29 women, 46 children, and the Women’s Prison Association and local community.