CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The greater Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity is empowering women volunteers as they work to construct eight new homes in Charlottesville.

Saturday kicked off Habitat's National Women Build Week where Habitat job sites across the country will be comprised of mostly women volunteering their time.

The effort is intended to help women feel more comfortable when volunteering on Habitat builds.

“I just love being out here with a group of women that want to get dirty and learn something or kind of do something new and really be part of our community and really addressing our housing crisis issue that were having here in Charlottesville,” said Wendy Stanley, a Habitat for Humanity volunteer.

65 women are set to volunteer on the Habitat build site near Charlottesville's Pen Park.

Eight homes on the site are expected to be completed by early next year.