Our Core Purpose:
To enhance the success of women in the construction industry.
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) originally began as Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas. Sixteen women working in the construction industry founded it in 1953. Knowing that women represented only a small fraction of the construction industry, the founders organized NAWIC to create a support network. Women in Construction of Fort Worth was so successful that it gained its national charter in 1955 and became the National Association of Women in Construction. Today, NAWIC provides its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more.
NAWIC chartered its 91st chapter in Orange County in June 1964 continuing its mission to provide professional development, education and networking to the women of the Orange County construction industry. Chapter members come from local construction companies and all facets of the industry including material suppliers and professional services. Very quickly, the Orange County Chapter also took on the challenge of promoting construction as a career opportunity for young adults and children. The chapter has sponsored a drafting contest for high school students and block building contest for primary age students since the introduction of the programs by NAWIC on the regional and national levels. The desire to emphasize construction as a career option, especially for young women, led the chapter to hold their first Camp NAWIC for high school girls in 2008. The chapter has sponsored a week-long camp every year since during the last week of June each year.
NAWIC Orange County has always had a social conscience as well and continually raises funds and becomes personally involved with local charitable causes concerning the wellbeing of women and children. Chapter 91 has renovated and sponsored a room for WTLC, a North Orange County shelter for the abused and renovated a home for Girls Hope. Most recently, the chapter has combined charitable projects with Camp NAWIC and constructed a “tiny house” for the Turning Point Foundation and is currently renovating apartments for Thomas House Family Shelter.