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Out of their comfort zone and into the construction zone

UTC Finance Women’s Forum participates in Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build

(From left to right) Carla Centeio (UTCHQ), Connie Bartels (UTCHQ), Jenny Cao (CCS), Rachel Wen (CCS), Katherine Rogers, Susan Gest (PW), Lauren Furtak (PW), Shakela Mack (Otis), Allyson Kielbania (UTCHQ), Rita Lei (PW), Anita Curtis (PW), Lauren Roddy (UTCHQ), Laura Pelczarski (PW), Kana Sonokawa (PW), Viktoriya Goldiner (PW), and Sarah Thompson (PW). Volunteers from the Finance Women’s Forum stand in front of the home that they helped to build.
Rita Lei (PW) and Shekela Mack (Otis) help tackle construction outside of the Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build home in Hartford.
Carla Centeio (UTC HQ) paints the trim on one of the windows in the Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build home in Hartford.
Jennifer Latka (UTC HQ) paints a wall in the Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build home in Hartford.
Sarah Thompson (PW) wears a smile as she tiles a closet in the Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build home in Hartford.
The Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build home built in Hartford.

In May, a crew from the UTC Finance Women’s Forum, joined nearly 100 other area women in volunteering during Habitat for Humanity’s sixth annual National Women Build Fundraiser.

The Women Build program recruits, educates and inspires women to build—and advocate for—simple, decent and affordable houses in their communities. More than 300 Habitat affiliates nationwide hosted women build projects.

In addition to the UTC Finance Women’s Forum group, women from UTC’s Strategy and Development Group participated in the Hartford build, while Sikorsky’s Women’s Forum took part in the New Haven build. In previous years, more than 41,000 women volunteers from all 50 states have participated in the nationwide effort.     

Hartford Habitat for Humanity raised $11,550 during this event, with proceeds being applied to a home for women. “This is a great opportunity for women of all skill levels to come together for an outstanding cause,” said Mary Nurse, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity.

We stepped out of our comfort zone, learned some new skills, and worked as a team to make a positive impact on the lives of two local families,” said Susan Gest, Volunteering Committee Lead from the UTC Finance Women’s Forum. To date, women volunteers have helped construct more than 2,100 Habitat houses nationwide. 

UTC Finance Women’s Forum exceeded their goal of $3,000 by raising $3,245 for the cause, with an additional $500 contribution from UTC. The Strategy and Development Team raised another $1,905.

Both groups expressed sincere gratitude to their UTC colleagues and friends for their generous donations.