Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Habitat for Humanity of Greater L.A. Receives Habitat for Humanity International Award for Creativity and Innovation

We are very honored that Habitat for Humanity International has recognized our "Nickels for Nails" program with the Clarence Jordan award. The award was given as part of HFH International's "Pioneers In Excellence" program, which recognizes affiliates and volunteers who have demonstrated productivity, innovation and creativity in their efforts to eliminate substandard housing.

We would also like to thank and recognize all of the schools, youth programs and volunteers that participate in "Nickels for Nails". This award is for You!

For everyone who would like to learn more about "Nickels for Nails", or is interested in participating, here is some more info: Nickels for Nails is an ongoing initiative, established in the Fall of 2007, that engages youth ages 5-25 to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles’ all youth-built house. Youth participate as individuals or groups, collecting as many nickels (though any denomination is accepted) through ongoing efforts and special fund drives throughout the year. These include an online “friends ask friends” fund drive, a letter writing campaign and special events. Teachers or youth group coordinators who sign up for the program receive a coin collection container for their group filled with resources. They are also invited to download curriculum to educate their students about the growing housing crisis and how everyone can help eradicate poverty housing. As an added incentive, top fundraising groups and individuals are eligible to win prizes and are recognized for their achievements every year.

Monday, January 26, 2009

More Special Memories from the 2009 Presidential Inauguration

Jo-An Turman's Experience in Washington DC continues...

The entire experience was surreal. Meeting people from all over the world with the same, if not more excitement, hope and optimism then us because of our new President and administration was a site to see. Being there amongst the crowd when President Obama and Vice President Biden took their oaths was more emotional than I expected. Witnessing history after studying the Civil Rights movement and being involved in events over the years made this occasion especially personal.

My family was very fortunate, we attended several events including the “Obama That One” awards at the Newseum; the 2nd Annual “Realizing the Dream” awards ceremony hosted by Martin Luther King III; the opening “We are One” inaugural concert at the Lincoln Memorial; the inauguration at the Capitol; the Service Nation presented by The Artist and Athletes Alliance Reception; The Witness to History reception presented by NABJ (National Association of Black Journalist, in which our daughter is the President for Northwestern University and Regional President of the Midwest) with NY Governor Patterson and author Gwen Ifill; A Salute to Change dinner presented by the National Black Chamber of Commerce and National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation at the French Embassy in Georgetown and a couple of balls (Congressman Cummings “Celebration & Commemoration of this Moment Ball”; the “We the People” ball at the Capitol Hyatt and the SCLC ball at L’Enfant Plaza) we had a full four days of President Obama inaugural celebrations.

We were so glad that Vice President Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill volunteered at Habitat for Humanity on the National Day of Service. We toured the Smithsonian’s African American Art Museum’s Civil Rights exhibit. Glynn was called up to say a few words at most of the events unexpectedly when they found out he was in attendance. It was all worth it, the overpriced DC hotel (prime location though), the overpriced airfare, Glynn having to pose for a million pictures and us having to walk in the cold to get around. In the end we have a priceless memory that was shared by my family, we truly witnessed history and attended a once in a lifetime event.
- A. Jo-An Turman, M.A. Senior Director of Communications & Marketing

Monday, January 19, 2009

Live From the Innuaguration in Washington DC

Our very own Jo-An Turman, senior director of marketing and communications, is in Washington DC this week attending the presidential inauguration. She's promised to send us updates from the historical celebration...here's our first:

Our nation's capitol, as you imagine, is so electric and magical right now. The energy and hopeful spirit is contagious, so much optimism from everyone. The concert at the Lincoln Memorial was unreal and the different Martin Luther King events, receptions and dinners are so emotional and moving.

Jo-An Turman - live from Washington, DC