Professional Women in Building
The Professional Women in Building (PWB) was chartered in May 1980. Beginning with only seven members, determined to make a difference in the community, it has since grown to over 25 members and raised more than $250,000 for different charities.
The PWB began their philanthropic efforts by raising money to benefit California State University-Fresno and Fresno City College Construction Programs and Scholarships. In 1991, the PWB raised enough money to establish an endowment at Fresno City College to provide funding for construction education programs in perpetuity. The PWB also gave tools to senior students embarking on their professions in the homebuilding and commercial construction industry.
Through the years the PWB has also expanded the efforts to donate time, money, hard work and lots of love to help community outreach programs. The programs include: our own PWB Scholarships, Kids N Cancer, Boys and Girls Club, Hope Battalion Scholarship, Friends of the Library, DARE, Coats for Kids, Skywatch, Stars Behind Bars, Art Kirkland Memorial, Neighborhood Watch, Safety for Kids, Marjoree Mason Center, Make a Wish and Breaking The Chains. One of the PWB’s greatest achievements was their donation of 2000 trees in the year 2000 to the City of Fresno through the “HomeBuilders Care” Program and Homes of Our Own.”
Fundraising for the many projects sponsored by the PWB is not an easy task. In fact, there aren’t too many events the PWB hasn’t coordinated to fund their programs and fulfill their need to build longstanding relationships among friends and colleagues in the building industry. Whether it is dinner and dance parties, fashion shows, salvage sales, raffles, building playhouses, bus trips or selling entertainment books the members of the PWB have worked hard and made a difference.