May 8, 2013
On May 8, the Women’s Success Center hosted “University Women Build,” inviting women from UVU and BYU to work on a home for Habitat for Humanity. This is our third year hosting this wonderful project. Our beloved First Lady, Paige Holland, has participated all three years! Noelle Pikus-Pace, also a beloved figure at UVU, is serving as the spokesperson for Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Week. Faculty, staff, and students from both universities worked side by side throughout the day installing siding on the home.
Six years ago, Habitat launched a project with Lowe’s Home Improvement to provide workshops for women in the community to learn basic construction skills and to give women of Lowe’s an opportunity to contribute volunteer hours on a home. Three years ago, this project grew to become “Women Build” during the week leading up to Mother’s Day. To raise awareness and money, participants pay $20. Each day has a unique designation such as Women In Politics, Women In Business, etc.
The Women’s Success Center agreed to host “University Women Build” by picking up the tab and providing lunch for all participants that day.
Through volunteer labor, professional expertise and tax-deductible donations, Habitat for Humanity obtains land and builds simple, decent homes in Utah County. Families who meet qualifications help build, then purchase the home at no profit to the organization. The family’s monthly payments go into a revolving fund to help build more homes. Families must have need, be able to pay, and be willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity. New homeowners have a unique pride in this home, which has given them a "hand up", not a "hand-out." This program is founded on the belief that families and communities thrive when everyone has a sturdy, safe, nurturing place to call home.
Habitat for Humanity requires the people who will be owners to contribute “sweat equity” and also allows for volunteers from the community to work on homes.
For more information, go to Habitat for Humanity of Utah County.
Jan/Feb 2011 - Utah Valley Magazine
October 17, 2011 - Single Mom Takes on Miss UVU Pageant - Written by Spencer Healey
April 11, 2011 - Celebration of hope - Written by Andrea Whatcott
January 18, 2011 - Bill threatens outreach programs (Pt. 2) - Written by Agustin Diaz Jr.
August 23 2010 - Boobs: not just for decoration - Written by Mel Sundquist
September 26, 2011 - Women’s Resource Center undergoes exciting rebirth becoming Women’s Success Center
UVU Review - June 10, 2010 - Resources on campus help students succeed - Written by Heather A. Turley
UVU Review - November 9, 2009 - Making education accessible to mothers- Written by Jessica Burnham
UVU Review - December 8, 2009 - Door of opportunity closes - Written by Jessica Burnham
UVU Review - February 9, 2009 - Where the University stands - Written by David Hatchett and Jennie Nich
Departments of Workforce Services - the Facts about Women in Utah
2011 Utah Campus Compact Statewide Recognition Event - Civically Engaged Student- Adonica Kauwe Limon, Women's Success Center
WIA Report - September 30, 2011 - Utah Valley University Women’s Center Takes on a New Mission
2011 Habitat for Humanity Build Day, Deseret News - Utah students volunteer for Habitat for Humanity
December 16, 2011 - Christmas surprises help two UVU students - Genelle Pugmire
February 02, 2012 - Holland speaks about growing in spite of hard times at UVU - Genelle Pugmire