Women MBAs Join National Home Building Project
November 16, 2010
Members of the School’s Association of Women MBAs (AWMBA) recently joined a national effort to mobilize women to address the housing crisis faced by those in need. This November, members of the student organization rolled up their sleeves in a Miami neighborhood to take part in a Habitat for Humanity “build project.” Giannina Bianchi, Parvin Faghihinejad, Marian Johnson, Elena Anisimova, Jennifer Hall, Jennie Gebert, and Jillian Saxon joined Mary Young, the director of the School’s Sanford L. Ziff Graduate Career Services Center, to participate in the project. They did jobs such as priming, painting, and tile cutting on a new home for a single mother with two daughters in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood.
The project was part of Habitat for Humanity’s a "Women Build" volunteer program, which was established for women who want to learn construction skills and make a difference by building homes and communities. The house the MBAs worked on was built by women as part of the program, which has constructed more than 1,750 homes to date. One of the highlights of the project for the AWMBA members was the chance to meet the family for whom the home was built and to interact with them on a personal level.
“[The owner] helped sign us in and told us about how excited she was for her new home,” said AWMBA Jillian Saxon. “We definitely got our hands dirty and a lot of paint in our hair, but it was a very rewarding experience.”
Habitat for Humanity provides simple affordable housing for those in need. Women Build projects are regularly held across the United States and in more than 30 countries.