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

Wed., March 27 | Seattle Convention Center – Summit Building

Mark your calendars for our annual Beyond the Build Luncheon!

Join us as we gather at our luncheon at noon on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, where we’ll celebrate accomplishments, look to the work ahead, and honor longtime supporters.

As more families in Seattle struggle to keep a roof over their heads, Habitat and our supporters step up to provide safe and affordable housing to those who need it most.

Here is the luncheon schedule:

11 a.m. – Community showcase with refreshments, networking, & VIP Reception.
11:40 a.m. – Ballroom doors open.
Noon – 1:15 p.m. – Event program and inspiration.

To register for the luncheon or make a gift in lieu of attendance, click below.

To become an event sponsor or table captain, and to learn more about what becoming a table captain means, click below.

If you want to learn more about being a corporate sponsor, email corp@habitatskc.organd check out our sponsorship flyer below.

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

Women Build

“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. We absolutely want to be involved again next year.”

—Lisa K., Prime Electric

What is Women Build?

Women Build encourages women to give back to their community while helping Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King & Kittitas Counties make a difference in the lives of low-income families. Over the course of several weeks in April and May, the women and organizations of King County will fund projects, build affordable homes, and revitalize neighborhoods. 

How do I get involved?

• Donate and volunteer: Women Build is our largest volunteer-led fundraising event each year. With a donation of $150, you will gain access to our full calendar of volunteer opportunities, and your very own Women Build t-shirt, and help ensure affordable housing continues to be built for hard-working women and families in our community.

Volunteer opportunities are available at select Habitat Stores, Construction Sites, and Home Repair projects located throughout King County

If you’re interested in volunteering as an individual, reach out to Alext Wyatt at alex.wyatt@habitatskc.org and we will send you next steps!

Engage others: Build a team of your own with your friends, neighbors, faith community and/or family! Please contact alex.wyatt@habitatskc.org to learn more about reserving a group day.

• Volunteer with your company: If you are interested in volunteering with your company and being a Women Build Sponsor, please reach out to corp@habitatskc.org.

Special events

• Online and In-person: We are building out a series of exciting engagement opportunities that will take place during Women Build, including panel discussions, financial education classes, DIY home repair, and advocacy sessions. Check out our website and social media for more details as they are confirmed.

Women Build 2023 news coverage


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.