Welcome to Girls at Work, Inc.

  • empowering girls one woodworking project at a time

    When the staff of Girls at Work, Inc. teach woodworking skills and how to safely use power tools, the results are uplifting and often life-changing.

    Elaine Hamel’s dynamic program has helped thousands of girls and women from all walks of life to discover their self-worth and the rewards of teamwork. In this supportive environment, they gain a sense of accomplishment from doing something new and inspiring that lasts well beyond the build.

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  • Teach a girl to build, and you can empower her for life.

“I think it’s really fun! We learn how to build and if you say you can’t they tell you that you can!”

— MaryGrace, 8 years old

Latest News

Diva Comedy Night RECAP

Girls at Work Diva Comedy Night
Girls at Work’s 2016 Diva Comedy Night was a total success! We had a packed house, hilarious talent, and a group of hard working volunteers that made this event our most successful one ever!

The comedians were Kevin Gallagher, Sue Schmidt, and Cindy Pierce. Their comic storytelling had the crowd of 200+ people engaged, enthralled, and laughing uncontrollably. We’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to all three of these performers! During the intermission, it was an incredible treat to have The Endless Tricks perform a few songs acapella. The lead vocalist, Ana Liponis built with Girls at Work a few years back.

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Girls at work programs

Girl’s and women’s programs take place either in the Girls at Work Inc. wood shop or onsite at camps and centers throughout the Northeast and are customized to fit each organization’s needs. No prior building experience is necessary.


  • Workshops for Girls

    We’ll tailor the workshop to accommodate your needs while providing a nurturing, challenging environment that instills self-worth.
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  • Summer Camp for Girls

    Girls learn the importance of safety and focus by overcoming any fear of power tools.They experience the rewards of teamwork and a new sense of self confidence and capability.
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  • Power Birthday Parties for Girls

    A fun, creative way to celebrate a special day! Girls 6-16 learn how to safely use several power tools while building a project of their own to take home.
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  • Workshops for Women

    These workshops provide women the opportunity to safely step out of their comfort zone and experience fulfillment in designing and building their own furniture piece.
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  • Workshops for the Workplace

    Workshops for business professionals and educators emphasize team building and problem solving with the opportunity to donate the item they build to a non-profit.
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  • Sample Projects

    The girls in our programs accomplish amazing things – from developing their “internal” power tools to hand-crafting great things with wood.
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