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The Professional Women in Building of the Building Industry Association of Fresno/Madera Counties was chartered in May 1980. Beginning with only seven members, the Council was determined to make a difference in the community, and has since grown and raised over $250,000 for different charities.

The Council began their philanthropic efforts by raising money to benefit Fresno State University and Fresno City College construction programs, scholarships and grants. In 1991, the Council raised enough money to establish an endowment at Fresno City College and the California Housing Foundation to provide funding for construction education programs in perpetuity. The Council also gave tools to senior students embarking on their professions in the homebuilding and commercial construction industry.

Through the years the Council has also expanded the efforts to donate time, money, hard work and lots of love to help outreach community programs. The programs include: our own PWB scholarship, 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, Habitat for Humanity and Make A Wish. One of the Council'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 Council 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. We look forward to your participation in the PWB and hearing your new ideas for building better communities in our own backyard. If you have any questions or need additional information please contact the BIA office directly at 559/226-5900.

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As long as your firm is a member of the BIA of Fresno/Madera Counties, you are eligible to join the PWB for an additional fee of $85. By joining the Fresno/Madera Counties PWB, you will automatically be a member of the State and National PWB.

A membership application for the PWB is available for download. Please follow the instructions below for downloading and submitting your application.

  • Click membership to download the application in Acrobat PDF format (42 k).

  • Print and complete the application.

  • Mail the application, along with payment (check payable to PWB of BIA-F/M), to the address below.


Donna Shepherd
c/o Motivational Systems, Inc.
2695 N. Fowler Ave., Ste. 101
Fresno, CA 93727

Industrial Engineer
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