Author: Commission News
On International Women’s Day, CA Women Leaders & Legislators Volunteer as Part of Habitat for Humanity’s 2023 Women Build Event
550+ women will take part in the California Commission on the Status of Girls sponsored month-long event that brings women together to address the housing crisis affecting many families in the greater Sacramento region.
Sacramento, CA (March 7, 2023) – On International Women’s Day, March 8th, over 40 women, including First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, CA legislators and Commissioners, in partnership with the 2023 Women Build Presenting Sponsor, the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, will help build homes with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento. This event is part of the month-long Women Build event which takes place annually every March during Women’s History Month.
“As women continue to face significant barriers to stable housing and personal economic security, initiatives like Women Build are critical to our work to provide all women, particularly women of color, LGBTQ+ women, and vulnerable mothers with the tools, resources, and opportunity to thrive,” said First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom. “While we still have work to do to level the playing field for women seeking homeownership, I’m so grateful to the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and Habitat for Humanity for their ongoing efforts to ensure our communities have safe, affordable, and secure housing.”
“The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls is so excited to support this community-based effort to invest in women and families’ long-term economic security and home ownership,” said CCSWG Executive Director Holly Martinez. “Women face a significant wage gap, along with opportunity gaps that mean women are more likely than men to live in poverty. These barriers mean that 50.3% of California’s residents that are female are significantly less likely to be able to weather a financial crisis and need our investment and support as we continue to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19.”
The entire #WomenBuildSac event will engage over 550 women throughout March who will rock pink hard hats and pink shirts that read “Strong Women Build Strong Communities” as they help build affordable homeownership opportunities for hardworking-low-income families, seniors, and veterans in need of a safe place to call home. Women Build participants, who raised over $160K in funds so far, are working alongside the future and current homeowners and are providing the volunteer muscle needed to build “Cornerstone”, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento’s largest community in its 37-year history.
What: Women rock pink hard hats and help build homes on International Women’s Day as part of Habitat for Humanity’s CCSWG-sponsored Women Build event
Who: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento and the CA Commission on the Status of Women and Girls & Women Build volunteers including First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, State Legislators, and local leaders
When: Wednesday, March 8th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Day kicks off with a brief program at 10:15 a.m. – Speakers include First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, CCSWG Executive Director Holly Martinez, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento Executive Director Leah Miller, a Habitat Partner Family, and others. Volunteers will be on site until 2:30pm
Where: 6694 46th Street, Sacramento, CA 95823 Meet attendant at gate to enter development and be directed to parking. NOTE: Muddy construction site. It’s advised to wear boots you don’t mind getting dirty– galoshes will be available for media as needed at entrance.
Visuals: 40+ women volunteers in pink shirts and pink hard hats doing construction work
– Facebook photo album of Women Build volunteers so far this month
Social Media: #WomenBuildSac #WomenBuild #WomenAre Essential
Twitter @SacHabitat and @CCSWG Instagram @CCSWG and @SacHabitat.
About the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls
For more than 50 years, the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls has identified and worked to eliminate inequities in state laws, practices, and conditions that affect California’s women and girls. Established as a state agency with 17 appointed commissioners in 1965, the Commission regularly assesses gender equity in health, safety, employment, education, and equal representation in the military, and the media. The Commission provides leadership through research, policy and program development, education, outreach and collaboration, advocacy, and strategic partnerships. Learn more at www.women.ca.gov.
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento
Celebrating 37 years of building hope and homes in Sacramento and Yolo Counties, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento builds and repairs homes for low-income families, seniors, and veterans, revitalizes neighborhoods, and provides equity-building opportunities to underserved communities.
A 501(c)3 nonprofit and local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, last year, Habitat Greater Sacramento served over 10,000 individuals through home builds, repairs, and community projects. Those interested in supporting Habitat’s work can find more at www.habitatgreatersac.org.