Marist Women Build

Build Dates and Tasks

As you read tasks listed for each day of the build, remember that no gear, prior experience, or construction skills are necessary or expected.

  • Sign up to make new friends and meet Marist moms.
  • Choose a date to encourage a group of friends to work together.
  • Sign up to work with your Marist student (see sidebar).

All MWB Build Days

Coffee and Biscuits provided each morning by Waffle House.

  • Builders report to the lobby of Centennial at 6:30 a.m. to carpool to the work site.
  • Builders are expected to stay the full work day which ends around 3:30 p.m., returning to Marist by 4:00 p.m.
  • Volunteers can purchase MWB pink hardhats and hammer pins on build day.
  • Hardhats are required on Build Days 1-3 and are available to borrow from Atlanta Habitat if needed.
  • Workers should wear closed-toed shoes and consider long pants.
  • All supplies and tools will be provided. Volunteers are welcome to bring their own work gloves.
  • Lunch, snacks, and drinks will be provided.
  • All volunteers receive the annual t-shirt designed exclusively for MWB by Mike Luckovich.
  • On Build Day 1, carpools first drive to Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Warehouse, then split between the warehouse and construction site to work until lunch when all reconvene at the construction site. On all other build days, carpools drive from Marist directly to the construction site.
  • This is a real construction site. Be prepared to work hard and get dirty. We build rain or shine.

Day 1: Thursday, March 16, 2023
Weekday Build

  • Build exterior and interior walls in warehouse.
  • Set floor joists and lay floor decking.
  • Sheath wall panels and install exterior walls.
  • Install interior walls.
  • Tie walls together, straighten and brace.
  • Install front porch deck, columns, and beams.

Day 2: Saturday, March 18, 2023
Mother/Son Build & Sadie Hawkins

  • Prep and install roof trusses.
  • Install windows and trim packages.
  • Install interior framing – wind bracing, deadwood, and attic stairs.
  • Build side porch and ramp.
  • Install exterior trim and set-up for siding.

Day 3: Saturday, April 1, 2023

  • Deck and felt roof.
  • Install sub-fascia, barge rafters, and drip edge.
  • Begin siding.

Day 4: Saturday, April 15, 2023
ACT Test Date & Senior Prom

  • Shingle roof.
  • Insulate walls and ceiling.
  • Continue siding and begin caulking.

Day 5: Saturday, April 22, 2023
Senior Emmaus Retreat

  • Finish siding and caulking.
  • Begin painting exterior – siding, foundation, and window trim.
  • Begin interior painting.

Day 6: Saturday, April 29, 2023

  • Continue exterior painting.
  • Finish interior painting.
  • Install baseboards, window sills and miscellaneous interior trim.
  • Install kitchen cabinets and countertops.
  • Begin soffit and fascia.

Day 7: Thursday, May 4, 2023
Weekday Build

  • Touch up exterior painting.
  • Finish soffit and fascia.
  • Finish interior painting.
  • Install doorknobs and bathroom hardware.
  • Install porch and ramp railings.

Day 8: Saturday, May 13, 2023
Final Build Day and Home Dedication

Girls who are 14 and 15 years old can build only on Day 8 and only when accompanied by an adult.  Each girl must be accompanied by an adult and no adult can be responsible for more than one girl.

  • Clean house interior.
  • Touch up interior painting.
  • Complete miscellaneous items.
  • Rake and clear lot.
  • Landscape.
  • Dedicate new home!
Note this work day is typically shorter with the home dedication at the end of the work day, usually around 1:00 p.m.

Marist Students Build with Moms

  • Eight build days are available for Marist mothers and daughters.
  • Build Day 2 is reserved for Marist mothers who would like to work with their sons.
  • All builders must be 16 or older for Build Days 1 through 7.
  • On Day 8 we welcome Marist daughters, ages 14 and up, to build with their moms.
  • Marist students earn 7 to 8 hours of community service for building.

Marist School

3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30319-1899
(770) 457-7201
An Independent Catholic School of the Marist Fathers and Brothers