Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Andrea Schroder of Bravo's Top Design Writes about her Experience at "Power Women, Power Tools"

I have read about Habitat for Humanity for years and wanted to get involved, but never took the initiative. Finally with the help of a friend Nicole, I experienced the satisfaction and joy of helping build a home for another in need. My professional background is design and real estate so Habitat is the perfect fit. Habitat for Humanity believes in pride of ownership, in community and in caring for others.
On a personal level I believe a beautiful home begins with love. I arrived on the home build site that morning feeling down and overwhelmed with life in general. Focusing on another combined with the physical labor of hammering nails, was so therapeutic and I left later that afternoon with renewed energy, sensitivity and gratitude.

I can't wait to go back and work again.
Andrea Schroder

Look for Andrea on the upcoming season of Top Design on Bravo starting September 3rd!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

CSI Miami's Emily Procter has Habititis!

Check out a great interview with Habitat for Humanity Power Woman, Emily Procter, at CelebrityEverything.com.

"Power Women Power Tools 2008"

Our fourth annual “Power Women, Power Tools” event on Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19 was our biggest and best one yet! We held it in the City of Lynwood where we are building 3 new homes and for two days and four build shifts, women from all industries came out to help us frame them.

The City of Lynwood was gracious and welcoming to all the volunteers and staff (some of whom arrived as early as 6 am.) Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity rallied hundreds of power women from the entertainment industry, such as Julie Bowen, Tia Carrere, Sarah Carter, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Sarah Chalke, Rachael Harris, Sarah Lancaster and more, to support the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Greater L.A. Three houses are now in progress on the site thanks to the lovely ladies who came out and poured their hearts into the first floor walls.

It was moving how the voiced their feelings to us about what they were thinking about while building. The families who will live, eat, pray and grow inside these walls were top of mind all day. Laughter was louder than the hammering and smiles were brighter than the summer sun.

This event could not have come close to being as brilliant as it was if it were not for the hard work and dedication of volunteers and staff, but no one works as hard as Alison Treleaven. She is amazing and makes it look so easy. We love you, Ali!

Thanks so much to our fantastic contributors and our food and beverage donors who kept everyone fed and hydrated thoughout the day! They were all amazing!

Art of Food & Wine, Bauble Bath, Beau Jones Photography, EcoBags, Frais, Glen Ivy Spa, Hidden Garden, Malibu Secret, OPI, Paige Denim, PinUp, PZI Jeans, Reel Security, Susan's Healthy Gourmet, Synthia Saint James, The Home Depot, UBU Designs, Warner Bros., Welk Group, WellPoint Inc., Teresa Whitmore

Food and Drinks
California Pizza Kitchen at the Pike in Rainbow Harbor, Edible Arrangements, Fresh and Easy Neighborhood Market, Larabars, Trader Joe’s, Glaceau Smart Water, FRS Healthy Energy Drink, Go Girl Energy Drink, Hansen’s Natural, O.N.E, POM and Starbucks. Yummy!

We interviewed many of our power builders and we will post them to our Habitat GLA YouTube channel in the next few days. (link coming soon)

We are all going to take a little breather but in September we will get started planning “Power Women, Power Tools 2009” event so if you are interested in being a sponsor, builder or donor please contact
Alison Treleaven.

For information on how you can help complete these houses and others in the Greater Los Angeles area please visit our website.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Power Women, Power Tools = Powerful

I'm Michelle, and through my summer internship I was lucky enough to be able to go to the Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity "Power Women, Power Tools" event on Friday and Saturday.

While there I found that the many reasons people first come out to build, whether it is community service hours, good publicity, or that they were dragged out by friends, are far different from the reasons they stay.

These friendly, powerful women put up the first floor walls on three homes in two days and those who had never built before were sweaty and empowered by the time their shift was done. On the build site there are no complaints or tired faces, only excited energized ones that are having fun while changing lives by building a home for hard working families.

During the lunch time speeches one of the women who received a home through Habitat for Humanity spoke of her experience. These stories are always the ones that make everyone feel even more like being dirty and sweaty is all worthwhile. I have only seen three speeches given by Habitat homeowners and all have been inspiring and touching.

It’s difficult to describe Lulu's emotion or how truly thankful she is without listening to her words and seeing her face, but through them it is evident how much her life has been strengthened due to the many volunteers that help with Habitat for Humanity.

This was my first time going to a Habitat for Humanity build site, and it is easy to see why people become so passionate about the cause. All the women were amazing and did an exceptional job. It is so incredible to see the progress everyone made in just two days and it’s something that I think is so much fun to be a part of. And maybe while the reason you will come out is to get those community service hours done, they won’t be the reason you keep building.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

A Brush With Kindness Gets A Brush with Fame - MTV Style

Fresh from Real World Hollywood Dailies - check out our own Jo-An Turman and our awesome AmeriCorps members as they work on A Brush With Kindness home with the cast.

Read more about Habitat's A Brush with Kindness program:

Special Thanks to Pin Up Lip Balm for Adding Some Sass to Our Power Women Event

It takes a lot of volunteers, sponsors and donors to put on our annual Power Women, Power Tools event and in true Hollywood style, we have a gift bag for our lovely ladies. We would like to thank our donors for all their support.

Pin Up Lip Balm is super cute and they were generous enough to donate a lip balm to all of our power women - nearly 300!

Check them out, they are so sassy!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Hundreds of Women Trade-in Heels for Hammers During Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity’s Annual “Power Women, Power Tools” Event

Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity’s most popular event, "Power Women, Power Tools," is here. This year the build has been extended to two days to make way for the hundreds of powerful women who have RSVP'd to help us build 3 homes in the City of Lynwood.

Julie Bowen returns for her 3rd time and leads the list of hundreds of power women including actors Emily Procter, Rachael Harris, and Sarah Carter; and Congresswoman Linda Sanchez.

The event is this Friday and Saturday (July 18 & 19) and should be our most successful year yet. Pictures will be posted after the event.

If you want to be a part of this and other Hollywood for Habitat events, as a sponsor or volunteer, please visit our website.