Mortenson’s Denver operating group launched a multi-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. Through the Women Build Program, Mortenson will provide essential training to women in construction and engage women leaders within Mortenson to become more involved with Habitat’s mission of building and preserving affordable homeownership.
“At a time when home prices are at an all-time high, the support of partners like Mortenson is more important than ever in helping us expand homeownership opportunities to lower income residents,” said Jeanne Fischetti, Director of Sponsorships with Habitat for Humanity. “Mortenson really approached this relationship as a collaboration. Together, we envisioned new ways to work together to support their goal of bringing more women into construction while advancing our goal of creating and maintaining affordable, stable housing.”
The Women Build program will involve a variety of activations including:
- Quarterly skills-building classes for Habitat’s Women Build Warriors taught by Mortenson’s women leaders. Mortenson will development the curriculum and Habitat will invite participants and host training sessions at its production shop. The skills-building classes will be announced through the Women Build quarterly newsletter.
- Teambuilding days on Habitat construction sites allowing Mortenson’s women employees to practice and master specific construction skills they’ve learned through Mortenson’s own Women’s Skills Nights.
- An inaugural Women’s Engagement Weekend scheduled for Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, 2022. The two-day intensive will include training sessions taught by Mortenson in the morning followed by the opportunity to apply those new skills while building a Habitat for Humanity house for the remainder of the day.
“We’ve long supported Habitat for Humanity through our team’s volunteer efforts, so we’re thrilled to be taking our support to the next level,” said Brian Fitzpatrick, Vice President and General Manager of Mortenson. “Mortenson is committed to removing the barriers that have long prevented women from entering and advancing in the construction industry. Our partnership with Habitat for Humanity will allow us to bring our skills as builders to bear in new ways while engaging more women in the process of creating much-needed affordable housing in our community.”
As part of Mortenson’s sponsorship of the Women Build program, the company will additionally donate $30,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. Plans are already underway for an expanded partnership in 2023.