Habitat Celebrates 17 Years of Women Building for Women

This year’s Women Build program will offer multiple points of participation for individuals, friendship teams, and women from area organizations to fund projects, build affordable homes, and revitalize neighborhoods.  From April 27 to May 18, area women will be empowered  to help move Habitat’s mission forward by doing everything from working in Habitat stores to joining construction and repair teams on site.  

The purpose of Women Build is to honor the central role that women play to empower one another, make an impact, and change lives. The bonus for participants is to learn and share skills, support local women homeowners, and to build up King County, together.

In the program’s 17 years, women from all walks of life have given back to their communities and enriched their own lives while making a real difference in the lives of our region’s hard-working, low-income families. Women Build volunteers are empowered to help ensure affordable housing continues to be built. This program gives women the satisfaction that comes with giving hands-up help to other women and their families.  

This year’s co-sponsor for Women Build is Prime Electric, inspired by Lisa K who participated in past Women Build events, “I have been telling everyone that my experience on the Habitat for Humanity Women Build far exceeded my expectations and was

truly one of the most empowering experiences of my life! Truly.”

April 27 – May 18, 2024

  • Women of Impact Build: May 4
  • Group Builds: April 29 – May 11
  • Individual Builds: May 13-18

(Individual volunteers will be asked to donate $150 to take part in a Women Build day)

To sign up individually or for your organization, go to  Habitat Women Build.

To take advantage of corporate sponsorship opportunities, get in touch with alex.wyatt@habitatskc.org

2024 Beyond the Build Luncheon Speaker: Bobby Wagner

We are pleased to announce Entrepreneur, Investor, Philanthropist and Seattle Seahawks Linebacker Bobby Wagner as our speaker for the 2024 Beyond the Build Luncheon. The event attended by nearly 1,000 Habitat for Humanity SKKC volunteers and supporters will take place in the ballroom of the Summit Building at the Seattle Convention Center on Wednesday, March 27.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Ontario, CA, Bobby Wagner was drafted 47th overall in the 2012 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Quickly excelling on the field, Bobby won a Super Bowl in 2013, and throughout his career, has earned nine Pro-Bowl selections, six First-Team All-Pros, and a 2010 NFL All-Decade Team. He currently leads all active players in total tackles with 1691.

Beyond the field, Bobby is an Entrepreneur, Investor, and Philanthropist. Bobby’s passion to promote stroke education and assist stroke patients has led to a partnership with the American Heart & Stroke Association, as well as the creation of the Phenia Mae Fund in partnership with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, Cedar Sinai, and Kaiser Permanente.

Additionally, Bobby has worked closely with several organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club of King County and HBCUs, to advocate for health and wellness, education and child development. Due to his great work on and off the field, Bobby was nominated for the 2023 Walter Payton Man of the Year, his second nomination in his career.

To register for the event, become a sponsor or Table Captain, please visit: Habitatlunch.org.

Beyond the Build Luncheon 2024

Thank you for your support at the 2024 Beyond the Build Luncheon!

We loved seeing everyone’s enthusiasm and hope you came away inspired by the shared stories from our Homeowner partners, and special guest and Seahawks Legend, Bobby Wagner.

This year, we welcomed more than 1,400 guests and, thanks to generous donors and partners, we were able to raise more than $2 million dollars to tackle the affordable housing crisis in our region. 

Each dollar raised at the luncheon will go directly towards funding vital housing projects, creating tangible and lasting change in the lives of those we serve. Your generosity is a beacon of hope for families facing housing insecurity, offering them the stability and opportunity they deserve.

Special Recognition 

  • Habitat’s Community Leader of the Year honoreeAmazon, was recognized for their commitment and support of affordable housing in our region.

Volunteer of the Year: Mike O’Leary

Resource Development Volunteer of the Year: Linda Hoffner 

Advocacy Volunteer of the Year: LeChelle Lucas 

Manny Weiser Volunteer Service Award: Lorraine Yerger 

Repairs Volunteer of the Year: Mikhail Popko Nikolayovich 

We thank you again for your support and look forward to see you next year at the 2025 Beyond the Build Luncheon.

How Faith Communities Can Help Tackle the Housing Crisis

Learn how to engage your community and congregation to address the affordable housing crisis. Join us on Tuesday, June 27th at 2 p.m. PT for a FREE Live Webinar:

“Accelerate Your Community Engagement, Activate Your Congregation While Addressing the Affordable Housing Crisis”

Register now to join Dr. Jim O’Farrell, Associate Faculty at City University of Seattle, Jess Blanch, AIA, Senior Program Director with Enterprise Community Partners and Rev. Kristin Joyner, Pastor of Community Engagement, Bothell United Methodist Church, for an insightful on-line live seminar to help you understand how you can enhance your community engagement and congregation excitement about solutions to the housing crisis..

During the webinar, you will gain insights into engaging your congregation and community in helping to address the affordable housing crisis here in the Puget Sound area.

This is the second webinar hosted by Dr. Jim O’Farrell, Jess Blanch, AIA, and Rev. Kristin Joyner. The group previously got together for an insightful on-line live seminar to help you understand how you can enhance your community engagement and congregation excitement about solutions to the housing crisis.

By watching the above webinar, you will gain insights into engaging your congregation and community in helping to address the affordable housing crisis here in the Puget Sound area. Here are some facts:

Fact 1: The median home price in King County, Washington, USA was $925,000 in December 2022, making it difficult for many low- and middle-income families to afford to purchase a home.

Fact 2:  A recently published report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NHLIC) says that the hourly wage required to afford a 2-bedroom apartment in the Seattle Metro area is $39.31.  https://nlihc.org/oor/state/wa

If you’re committed to engaging your congregation in working to help solve the affordable housing crisis but are unsure of how to get started, this webinar is a must-watch.

You’ll learn:

·         Tips for engaging your congregation and community with regards to helping with the affordable housing crisis     

·         Various opportunities unique to faith based communities when it comes to affordable housing solutions (e.g., partnering with Habitat for Humanity, Enterprise Community Partners)

·         Best practices for accelerating your initiatives for affordable housing projects

Interfaith Build 2022: We accomplish more when we work together

We were fortunate to have 29 volunteers representing a variety of faith traditions, including Jewish and Christian, as well as representatives already working in the interfaith space (Terry Kyllo of Paths to Understanding and Kirstin Joyner of Bothell United Methodist Church) join us to create more affordable housing during this year’s Interfaith Build.

Additionally, students from Northwest Yeshiva High School contributed over the two-day event.

Each day began with a blessing given by Alan Bunin of the Jewish tradition. Also giving blessings/prayers were Pastor Chad Johnson of Grace Lutheran, Tamar Libicki of Congregation Beth Shalom, Terry Kyllo of Paths to Understanding and Kristin Joyner of BUMC. At lunch, we celebrated many faiths’ roles in building stronger communities.    

These Interfaith Build days were a great example of what we can accomplish when we work together, and all of the participants agreed to keep the momentum going throughout the year by seeking other Interfaith activities to participate in. Joining forces with the work of Paths to Understanding, Faith Action Network and the work of BUMC will provide an avenue for deeper connection in the Interfaith space.     

Next year, the plan is to schedule Interfaith Build closer to Sept. 11, because it was the tragedy surrounding Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that provided the original motivation to begin the Interfaith Build.