Girls At Work

Empowering girls one woodworking project at a time


2022 Goals:

Our goal is to provide our empowering program to every girl in our community. We help underserved girls gain the skills and confidence they need to find and use their voices. Every day, we strive to create meaningful, lasting change in the lives of girls who have very few opportunities. We believe that building is the vehicle for helping girls learn to tap into their own power as strong and unstoppable individuals.

Fundraising Events:

Instead of spending valuable resources on events, we prefer to utilize our funds and gifts to support our girls with the supplies and staff necessary to maximize their empowering experience. However, we do host civic groups and corporations for facility and program tours with our founder, Elaine Hamel. We also host social events during the year to raise awareness and to support our mission.

Giving Opportunities:

Gifts at all levels are welcomed and put to use every day to run our programs and purchase lumber and supplies for the girls. Donors can make annual gifts, sponsor a program or sponsor a girl. For example, $1,000 will send three girls to our Build Me Up Summer Camp Program. A gift of $300 will sponsor a girl in our After School Program. Contact us at 603-416-0842 to discuss other giving opportunities, or make a gift online at

Volunteer Opportunities:

We welcome volunteers to help with the preparation for our innovative after-school and summer programs. We need assistance in creating new programming, providing STEM activities and finding community resources for our girls in need. Volunteers can also help us with marketing and raising awareness of our mission. We require volunteers to be energetic and passionate about empowering girls.

Board Officers /  Board Members

Ken Hamel
Board Co-Chair
Senior Advisor
Bridge Growth Partners

Lauren Smith
Board Co-Chair
Chief of Staff
Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig

Faina Bukher
Board Secretary
Program Director of Changemaker Collaborative
University of New Hampshire

Don Bossi
General Partner
Technology Venture Partners

Kathryn Lafond
Budget Analyst
CDC Foundation

Hannah Robinson
Community Impact Associate
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Christina Stahlkopf
Head of Fashion Brands

Dr. Shanita Williams
Associate Vice President
Talent Engagement & Inclusion
Southern New Hampshire University



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