Committees & Outreach
WIC Week is designed to increase the visibility of women working in the construction industry, share our passion and encourage others to join the construction industry and NAWIC. The women of NAWIC know their specialty is inspiring success that instills confidence, develops leadership and increases knowledge. Let’s use this week to show off the character, beauty and strength of NAWIC. Employers, peers, youth, mentors, supporters and job seekers in need of a path can use an outstretched hand to unite around the many positive influences and works of women in construction.
NAWIC’s mission is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry. The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. It is also a time for the Austin NAWIC chapter to give back to the community. WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.
The Austin NAWIC chapter has previously partnered with the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in a “Courtyard Cleanup Day.” We have also partnered up with the Crockett High School Construction Program and the Lanier High School Construction Academy in “Take A Student to Work Day” and multiple Jobsite Tours. The Crockett Construction Instructor reported that the students came back in awe of what the construction industry can offer and their optimistic potential for the future careers. …”It truly meant so much to the students that the adults took time out of their busy day to spend with them.” Some of the firms that have participated in past events include Austin Lumber, Brandt, Capital Excavation, DPR Construction, Hensel Phelps, Lyda Swinerton, Rogers-O’Brien Construction, The Porter Company, TD Industries, Iron Workers Local, AGC Austin, and many more.
Each one of us can be the change that makes a positive difference in the world. This committee is responsible for researching and planning various community service events for our Chapter to ensure we give back to our community as much as it has so graciously given to us. Some of the previous events in which we have participated include Scare for a Cure, Bowl for Kids Sake, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders Courtyard Cleanup, CanStruction, and the Komen Race for a Cure.
• Austin Habitat for Humanity – Providing safe and stable homes which are the foundation of healthy families and sustainable communities
• Capital Area Food Bank of Texas – The largest hunger-relief charity in Central Texas providing food and grocery products, nutrition education and social services
• Meals on Wheels – Handy Wheels program provides minor, safety-related home repairs.
• 1house at a time – Provide energy efficient upgrades in homes located in low income areas of Austin.
• Faith in Action – Provide handy man services, drivers and in-home care to low-income elderly residents throughout the Central Texas area.
Calling all members with experience planning a Golf Tournament! A great way to get people together in a fun outing is a golf tournament. We must start with a good plan to make the tournament happen and to be successful. This committee is responsible for the following: Project the number of golfers who will participate in the tournament and how many volunteers will be needed on the course; choose a date for the tournament; find a golf course willing to host the tournament; pick a format for the golf tournament; plan the types of prizes that will be provided and the reason for various prizes; determine how much the entry fee will be and when the fees should be received; announce and advertise the golf tournament; raise additional money during the tournament by allowing various individuals or teams to purchase mulligans before the round or at certain locations on the golf course.
In additional to the national scholarship fund offered by NFSF, Austin NAWIC is proud to offer local scholarship opportunities to students pursuing a career in construction. Annual scholarship opportunities are distributed to students from Crockett High School Construction Technology Program, Lanier High School Construction Academy, Austin Community College, UT School of Engineering, Texas State University, and Texas A&M University.
The Block Kids Building Program is a national building program competition that is sponsored on the local level by NAWIC chapters and other organizations. The award winning program introduces children to the construction industry in an effort to create an awareness of and to promote an interest in future careers in one of the man facets of the industry. The program is open to all elementary school children in grades 1 – 6. The competition involves the construction of various structures with interlocking blocks and three of the following additional items: a small rock, string, foil, and poster board. Local winners advance to Regional competition, and one semi-finalist from each region is entered in the National Program competition. National prizes are awarded to the top three projects.
Each year we participate in career fairs throughout the Central Texas area, including Texas A&M University, Texas State University, and various Austin ISD events with Austin Career & Technology Education, Lanier High School Construction Technology Program, Crockett High School Construction Program, and Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.