Join Lake County women as we come together to build stronger futures for women through safe, affordable homeownership.

Women Build is a multi-month fundraiser leading up to a week where women join together to accomplish two incredible goals:

  1. Advance construction on two homes for women-led families in Lake County
  2. Raise at least $40,000  to help make homeownership a reality for more women in our community

Why women?

Achieving homeownership and the security that comes with it is far more difficult for women to realize than for men in similar situations. Here are just a few reasons why:

  1. Men earn more on average than women, resulting in access to higher credit, loans with better terms, and higher-quality homes, and safer neighborhoods.
  2. 80% of single-parent households are headed by women and women are twice as likely to be the primary caretaker for an elderly parent. This can limit a woman’s ability to dedicate the necessary time to obtaining and maintaining consistent employment.
  3. Single women are denied mortgages at higher rates than single men despite the fact that studies show that women are more reliable at paying back mortgages.

Homeownership is one of the most powerful tools a person can use to build a stronger future; it improves financial, educational, social, and health outcomes for households and communities. However, factors like those listed above hinder many women in their efforts to provide an affordable home for themselves and their families.

Women Build is one small step toward raising awareness and ensuring that more woman-led families in our community have the opportunity to provide bright futures for themselves and their families through the foundation of homeownership.

What is Women Build

What: A period of fundraising leading up to a week-long home-building event. Women builders will work on two homes in Waukeganboth of which will be occupied by women-led families upon completion.

When:October 10 - 21

Where: Two build sites in Waukegan, IL. Exact locations will be shared with all registered Women Builders.

If you have been invited by a Team Leader, please register through the team page URL that your Team Leader shared with you or contact us at

Thank you, Sponsors!

Community Builder


Neighborhood Builder

Baxter Credit Union

Women United of United Way


Bancroft Architects + Engineers

Hammer Time

Hammer Time

Kara's Krew

Kara's Krew

She Nailed It

She Nailed It

Tough as Males

Tough as Males

Viper's Pro Basketball

Women Building Love

Women Building Love





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