Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Local Youth have Raised $100,000 & Counting

$100,000 and still going strong!

Local youth volunteers, through our Nickels for Nails fundraising campaign, have raised over $100,000 toward the Youth United Osborn Family home currently under construction in the City of Lynwood.

With contributions from over one hundred schools and youth groups, individuals, events, and grants the nickels have been adding up and we have exceeded our initial goal to fund a home. Though we’ve reached our goal we know there is more that we can do so congratulations and keep up the good work!

Special thanks to the Dawn-to-Dusk Golf Marathon which raised over $80,000.

Our Youth United program is looking for interested individuals to join the Steering Committee. Several positions are available. Youth on the committee give leadership and direction to the program in the areas of advocacy, education, construction scheduling, fundraising, and outreach. To find out more information and apply, please check out our website. Youth United Steering Committee. The deadline for applications is November 20th.

Do you need volunteer hours for school or are you looking for ways to help. We have many opportunities to volunteer in the office for youth ages 14 and older. Look at our volunteer page under Office and Special Projects for more information. We specifically need people to sign up for a computer installation for our partner families on Nov. 8th and Housing California Conference Dec. 8 – 10th.

For more information visit our website or call us at 310-323-4663.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I Spent my Birthday Building a Habitat for Humanity Home with Friends and Family

Hello Everyone,

My name is Dee Murphy and I just had the most amazing birthday...and I'd love to share it with you!

I decided to celebrate my 35th year by asking my friends to join me in a "birthday build" for Habitat for Humanity. I had participated in the "Power Women, Power Tools" build and fell in love with the organization and of course with how it made me feel!

My friends and family joined me on Friday, October 3rd (some even took off work!) and we had an amazing day building, laughing, eating, posing, learning sharing, and of course giving.

It was honestly the best birthday I have ever had, and I am inspired to have more birthdays just like it.

Thank you Habitat for your help in organizing the event... I will never forget it!

Dee Murphy

If you'd like to have your next birthday, anniversary, company party or corporate retreat with Habitat for Humanity, please visit our website or contact our Volunteer department at 310-323-4663.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Some of the Coolest Kids in L.A. are Habitat Volunteers - Tune in Thursday to KABC Eyewitness News at 4pm to Meet Another Cool Kid of the Week

Melissa Etehad is a Habitat for Humanity volunteer and she will be featured this week as the KABC Cool Kid of the Week! Tune into KABC 7 Eyewitness News this Thursday, October 23 during the 4pm broadcast and meet Melissa. The piece will highlight Melissa building one of our Lynwood homes.

We have the opportunity to build with some amazing volunteers of all ages and backgrounds and it always extra cool when we see them recognized for their hard work and dedication. Well done, Melissa!

If you miss the broadcast this Thursday at 4pm you can view Melissa's story in the ABC archives.

Monday, October 20, 2008

See Walls Go up in Lynwood with Volunteers from LAFCU

If you've never been on a Habitat site with us, watch this video made by LAFCU volunteers and experience how great it is to see your wall go up. Then, visit our site and come out to build your own walls.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Mike Bunin of TBS's "My Boys" Says Habitat is the Best Reason to Get Up Early.

"I am where I was supposed to be today."

- Mike Bunin

Mike Bunin joined "My Boys" cast, producers and writers for a volunteer day last week organized by Kyle Howard. The team of about 15 volunteers turned out for what would be a very hot and rewarding day. He shares his story with us:

This is my first time building with Habitat and I really didn’t know what to expect. I kind of imagined a big dog, little dog scenario and that I’d be a little dog. But we showed up this morning and they put all of us dogs right to work. It’s been fun to be so hands-on too.

Today I’ve been doing some deconstruction, there was a closet upstairs that needed to be enlarged so I was removing wood, measuring and cutting more wood so we could redo it the right size. I have also been working on some door frames, cutting wood and putting in support beams. A whole lot of framing, hammering and lifting basically. I did enjoy using a skill saw for the first time, that was cool. I understood most of the lingo on the job site but I chuckled when I heard some guys working on a chalk line, because I used to create the chalk lines in little league.

It’s not surprising that our cast, writers and producers are out here having so much fun. Since the first day Kyle asked us to build, the entire team was on board. I knew that anyone who could be here definitely would be. It’s a great group of people and I am sure it’s not our last time out here. In fact, I heard someone suggesting we have a birthday party out here!

It was remarkable when the homeowner family spoke to us and thanked us during our lunch break. I was so touched hearing about this family’s struggles, yet inspired by their commitment. What impressed me more was learning about the lift that will be installed for Mr. Gaxiola to help him move around the house. That is an amazing gift for a man who has worked so hard for his family against enormous odds.

I know I am where I was supposed to be today. This is the best reason to get up early. In one word, Habitat for Humanity is Life-changing, for everyone.

Monday, October 13, 2008


On Wednesday, October 1st we hosted the Building A Greater L.A. Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and honored Smith Barney's Jerrold Eberhardt & Citi. Fellow Honorees in Attendance include Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger & First Lady Maria Shriver; Hon. Henry Cisneros and Ed Begley, Jr.

The Citi Foundation has donated more than $29 million to Habitat for Humanity International, supporting the construction of more than 350 homes, impacting more than 1,400 individuals.

Read the release here.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Jordana Spiro, Star of TBS's "My Boys" Builds & Blogs

On Tuesday, October 7th we had the pleasure of building with the cast, writers and producers of TBS's series, "My Boys." They built a home in Los Angeles and were introduced to the Gaxiola Family, the future homeowners. "My Boys" star Jordana Spiro had this to say about her experience:

I knew that Habitat for Humanity was a great organization so I was looking forward to spending the day with them. I met amazing people who are interesting and dedicated to what they are doing. Ultimately, you get to have fun with your friends while doing something positive. Having the opportunity to help a family fulfill their dream of owning a home is pretty special.

I was really touched by the Gaxiola's story. They made us feel instantly connected to them, and I'm glad I was able to be a part of their lives, even in a small way.

If I had to sum up Habitat for Humanity in one word, it would be "sweat." They definitely put you to work right away.

Our sincere thanks to Jordana and everyone from the show for their support and hard work this week! We can't wait to build with you again.

More "My Boys" bloggers to come...

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

How About Some Good News from a Bank? Wells Fargo will Award Habitat up to $250,000 but we need your Vote!

Wells Fargo is hosting a contest online called Someday Stories and we stand to benefit to the tune of $250,000! All you have to do is:
  • Visit the Someday Stories Contest site
  • Enter 90248 zip code
  • Vote for your favorite finalist in the Someday Stories Contest
  • Choose HABITAT FOR HUMANITY as your charity
And you're done! Thanks!

Here's more about the contest:


Now Angelenos can help Local Affiliate by Voting Online – No Hardhat Required

Los Angeles, CA – October 8, 2008:
Habitat for Humanity has been selected as one of three causes to benefit from the Wells Fargo Someday Stories contest with a guaranteed award of $50,000. Wells Fargo asked the public to submit their dreams and describe how Wells Fargo prize money would help them achieve it. They received 10,000 entries and narrowed it down to five finalists. Habitat of Greater Los Angeles is encouraging all Angelenos to visit www.wellsfargo.com/somedaycontest now through November 10th to vote for a Someday Stories finalist and select Habitat for Humanity as their favorite cause. The organization will distribute its award money among the three affiliates whose supporters generate the most votes, as tracked by zip code entry. To ensure Habitat of Greater Los Angeles receives credit, the zip code 90248 should be entered.

Wells Fargo will award the Someday Stories finalist receiving the most votes with $100,000 to follow their dream. Each finalist has already received $10,000 and this opportunity to share their dream on the Wells Fargo Someday Stories website. Along with finalist videos, there are videos from each charitable cause. Habitat for Humanity shares stories of children who have both benefited from and been inspired by living in a Habitat for Humanity home. The cause receiving the most votes will be awarded $250,000, second place will receive $150,000 and third place will receive $50,000.

Habitat of Greater Los Angeles President/CEO Erin Rank says, “There’s never been an easier way to help the community,” adding, “simply by clicking online, you have the power to change lives in the community. We urge all Angelenos to participate by entering our 90248 zip code, voting and telling a friend.”

Los Angeles is currently ranked last in the United States in housing affordability. Since 1990, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles has partnered with families earning 30-80% of the median income to achieve homeownership. Habitat partner families are required to invest a minimum of 500 hours of “sweat equity” to help build their home; qualify for a zero-interest mortgage and demonstrate the greatest need.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF GREATER LOS ANGELES strives to eliminate poverty housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families in need to build simple, decent affordable housing. Since 1990, HFH GLA has built more than 230 homes, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. For more information, visit
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For more information regarding this topic, please call Jo-An Turman at Habitat for Humanity 310-323-4663 ext. 121 or Angela Moore at Starfish P.R. 310.429.8868 or email

USC Trojans Womens Basketball Team Catches Habititis

We recently came across this post from a member of the USC Trojans Womens Basketball team discussing a day of building with us. We hope you enjoy it and we encourage you to share it with friends.
On September 6, our team had the opportunity to partake in a life-changing experience.
Having the privilege to help build a home with Habitat for Humanity has helped me realize that I take some things for granted. We helped build homes for families that are less fortunate than we are; for families that are struggling to survive. But we weren't just building homes, we were helping create their futures.
If you are interested in changing lives with us, please visit our website and sign up as a volunteer.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

USC Student Athletes are Helping us Build Homes in Lynwood

USC Student Athletes have partnered with us to raise money and help build homes in the Greater Los Angeles area. We are greatful for their hardwork, dedication and enthusiasm.

Read about how this amazing group of athletes is making a difference here.

If your school is interested in partnering with Habitat for Humanity, please visit our website for information on volunteering and fundraising.


Monday, October 6, 2008

Gala Attracts Gov. Schwarzenegger, Hollwood Community & Raises over $225,000!

Last Wednesday evening (Oct. 1) we held our first Building a Greater Los Angeles Gala - it was a Diamonds & Denim theme and we honored some individuals and organizations for their support and longtime dedication to the city.

Young Hollywood came out as well as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver and throughout the evening we raised over $225,000 to help us build more affordable homes in the community. It was a great evening and we are so thankful for all the support we received.

Today, we launched some amazing auctions on ebay that includes rare experiences and donated items from celebrities, sports figures and musicians. Visti ebay to bid and stay tuned for more details as we highlight each auction item throughout the month of October.

Bidding is open now through October 30th. Read the press release here.