Where do the funds go?

It's totality, that is 100% of the funds raised, go directly to building homes in the Quebec province, providing a “hand up” to struggling low-income families. All admistrative costs are covered by Habitat’s Montreal ReStore.

What are we building?

Participants will be finishing up the top unit of a duplex in the South-West Borough of St-Henri, in Montreal.

When are we building?

Participants will choose a one-day build between May 29th and June 16th, 2017. Construction days are scheduled from Mondays to Fridays, 8:30am to 4:00pm.

I'm ready to sign up, what do I do?

Click on Be a Particinant in the menu of this page, and fill out the form. You will receive a confirmation email once your Women Build 2017 profile is completed.The deadline to sign up is April 9th. Once your personal profile is set up, you will be able to login and edit your personal fundraising page including your personal info, your team’s info, goals, photos and content. In addition, you will be able to track your progress regarding your fundraising efforts by adding photos and comments!

My team has less than 10 women. Is that a problem?

Not at all! Many women sign up individually and will be assigned to partial groups. So be ready to meet new people! The team’s goal won’t be affected – it remains an average of $500 per women in the group. A 6-women team, for example, will have a collective goal of $3000. Four other women will join you on the construction day, each one with her own fundraising goals.

Is it possible to have a team of more than 10 women?

Due to lack of space and for security reasons, the teams are limited to a maximum of 10 people.

Can I participate in two construction days?

We limit participants to one construction day because we want to give 100 women the opportunity to be part of this unique initiative. However, if you really loved the experience, you are always welcomed to come back as a regular volunteer once the Women Build campaign is over!

Are men excluded?

Women Build is not about excluding men; it’s about including women. The Women Build campaign provide a comfortable atmosphere for women to acquire construction skills they might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn. Its also a venue for networking and community spirit. The men in your life can support you by sponsoring you and helping with fundraising efforts.

Our objective is to have women Crew Leaders. However, male Crew Leaders will be used if we can't find enough qualified women.


Do I need construction expertise or experience?

No construction experience is required! We will provide you with all the safety gear, tools and instruction you will need for the day. Our talented volunteer Crew Leaders will guide you every step of the way. All you need to bring is a pair of used pants willing to get dirty, and goodwill!

I'm having trouble logging in, making a donation or registering.

Please contact Roberto Amado at ramado@habitatqc.ca or at 514.937.0643 ext 225. He'll help you

Why do I have to fundraise? Isn't volunteering my time enough?

Every participant is asked to contribute and raise a minimum of $500 to help pay for the construction costs. Last year, many women raised much more. This money is needed to continue building simple, decent and affordable houses. If you have never fundraised, it may seem daunting. But, don't worry, Habitat for Humanity Quebec offers helpful tips to make it easy. You can start by downloading the Practical Tools to Help in Fundraising Efforts document.

Is it okay if I don't meet my personal fundraising goal?

Most women in the past campaings surpassed their goals. That said, we are limiting the number of participants to 100 and want to be fair to everyone. If you think you won’t reach your goal, contact Roberto Amado at ramado@habitatqc.ca or at 514.937.0643 ext 225. We’ll do our best to help you. If you are part of a team, the surplus of a teammate might be enough for you to reach your goal since teams share a common goal of $500 per member. For example, if you are $100 short but a teammate has a $100 surplus, everything is fine.

What happens if my team doesn't reach its fundraising goal?

Your team has until May 26th to fundraise, so don't give up yet! Download our Practical tools to hele your fundraising efforts and keep going! If, by May 26th, your team really didn't reached it's goal, we'll look into each individual women in the team, and the ones who reached 500$ will be invited onsite as individual participants. In order to be fair with all participants, only the women who raised a minimal of $500 in a team that didn't reached its goal will be invited. Remember, the team's goal is collective; your surplus can help a teammate who is short a few dollars. Contact us if you need help of ir you have a specific question not answered in this page.

I’ve reached my $500 goal. Should I stop fundraising?

Well done! If you raised $500, you assured one day of construction. However, if you think you can raise even more, do it! The donations will help build homes for low-income families, so it’s a money we’ll put to good use! If you are part of a team, your surplus can compensate a teammate who hasn’t reached her goal yet, since the team shares a common goal.

How can my company sponsor Women Build?

For all sponsorship details and corporate teams, please contact Roberto Amado at ramado@habitatqc.ca or at 514.937.0643 ext 225.

How can my company donate construction material to Habitat for Humanity Quebec?

Please contact Jean-François Deschênes at jfdeschenes@habitatqc.ca or at 514.937.0643 ext 227 or Roberto Amado at ramado@habitatqc.ca or at 514.937.0643 ext 225.