Friday, July 30, 2010

Have You Registered for our 2nd Annual "The House That General Hospital Fans Built" event?!

Today is an exciting day for General Hospital fans – registration is open for the second annual “House That General Hospital Fans Built” event on Saturday, December 4th, 2010. Fans who register will spend the day building alongside cast members, volunteers from daytime’s hottest soap opera and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) partner families at a location in the Los Angeles area. Building safe, decent and energy efficient homes for deserving families will make all the “sweat equity” seem easy. Build spots are limited and will sell out, so register now at to reserve your hardhat and hammer for this unique, General Hospital experience.
Confirmed General Hospital cast member volunteers include: Bradford Anderson (“Damian Spinelli”), Brandon Barash (“Johnny Zacchara”), Dominic Zamprogna (“Dante Falconeri”), Jane Elliot (“Tracy Quartermaine”), Jason Cook (“Matt Hunter”), Jason Thompson (“Patrick Drake”), John Ingle (“Edward Quartermaine”), Julie Berman (“Lulu Spencer”), Kimberly McCullough (“Robin Scorpio”), Kirsten Storms (“Maxie Jones”), Leslie Charleson ("Monica Quartermaine"), Lexi Ainsworth (“Kristina Davis”), Lisa LoCicero (“Olivia Falconeri”), Nathan Parsons (“Ethan Lovett”) Ronnie Marmo (“Ronnie Dimestico”) and more to be announced....
The registration fee is $250 per person and fully tax-deductible. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the registrations will be used to support Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity’s “The House That General Hospital Fans Built”, being built in partnership with HFH GLA. In addition to building with the General Hospital family and HFH GLA partner families, fans will also be treated to breakfast and coffee; lunch with their build group (including GH cast member); a group photo with the build group (including GH cast member); a group photo of the build group with all participating GH cast members); an event T-shirt; a lunch time program including testimonials from Habitat partner families and GH cast members; and many more surprises. To discover what those surprises are, you must register at!

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Join us for THE SWIM 2010 Celebration Party at the Long Beach Yacht Club

Join us Sunday, August 1, 2010 from 1pm-8pm for THE SWIM 2010 Celebration Party at the LBYC.

Long Beach Yacht Club
6201 Appian Way
Long Beach, CA 90803

$50 party ticket fee, $15 for children.  100% of the party fees funds go directly back to the benefiting charities including Habitat for Humanity of Greater L.A. For more info visit

Cheer The Dawn Patrol on as they swim up to the LBYC Long Dock and complete their 30 mile overnight journey. There will be food, drinks, activities, auction items, pool time, games, and live entertainment . . . fun for the entire family!

Sunday, August 1st
1pm Party Starts
1:30pm-2pm The Dawn Patrol Arrival
2pm Live Band
3pm Recognition and Thank You’s
4pm BBQ Dinner Buffet
4:30pm Live Band
8pm Party Ends

Monday, July 26, 2010

We Dig Digger's List!

Our friends at DiggersList are expanding and that's a great thing because their service helps boost sales and donations to both of our ReStores .

If you haven't had the chance to dig around on DiggersList you should definitely visit soon, which is 100% Home Improvement Classifieds. The site is a place where homeowners and builders can buy and sell unused or unwanted building materials, tools, furniture and equipment. In addition to buying and selling, the site also makes it easy to donate to your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The donated items help Habitat for Humanity affiliates, like us , partner with more hardworking families to build affordable homes all while keeping reusable materials out of landfills.

DiggersList also has a very useful widget that helps us to syndicate DiggersList postings on our own ReStore website, which makes it easy for customers to shop our ReStores online. Being such big fans of the DiggersList widget they even asked our own Nicki Cordero, ReStores Donations Coordinator, to make a video explaining how the widget works. Check out that video and a video of Matt Knox , one of DiggersList's founders, on the Live Well Network .

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles on from DiggersList on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Opening Day!

Today is the soft opening of our new ReStore in Norwalk!  This has been a project in the works for some time, and we are so pleased to finally be able to serve the Norwalk community!  Here is a picture from today, with our first visitor, 2 volunteers, cashier Samantha Hayes and assistant manager Jerry Velasquez!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

ReStore in Norwalk seeking donations

Our Habitat for Humanity ReStore's are always seeking donations.  The store's help us with many of the costs of running our organization!  Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles is excited to be opening our second ReStore, in Norwalk.  We are so thrilled with the amounts of donations that have been coming in and we encourage people to keep donating things they may not need any longer.  One thing that we are actively seeking over the next couple of weeks is a Printer/Copy machine for our new store.  This machine is vital to running the store effectively when it comes to books, purchases and other things.  If you have any leads on somebody who is looking to donate such an item, please contact!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Habitat for Humanity Named One of the Top Home Builders

Today, Dawn Wotapka did an article for Wall Street Journal Online . The reason for the article - Habitat for Humanity has recently been ranked as one of the nation's top 10 builders for the first time in a closely watched industry list compiled by Builder Magazine!

So how did we do it? We were able to accomplish this because of volunteers, generous building product and monetary donations, as well as attractive loans coupled with the fact that Habitat homeowners are required to put in a predetermined amount of "sweat equity" hours. Habitat homeowners receive mortgages with 0% interest rates on homes that are sold at cost.

These are just a few highlights, but click here to read the full article.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Interview with Brennan Carter, High School Volunteer

Just recently, our Community Engagement Manager, Acacia Squires, interviewed Brennan Carter. Brennan is a junior at Claremont High School and recently volunteered with us through the Collegiate Challenge program. 

Here's what he had to say about how he found out about Habitat for Humanity of Greater L.A. , his experience volunteering and what he plans to do after high school:

Interview with Brennan Carter

Claremont High School Junior, Collegiate Challenge participant 2010

Acacia: Why did you and your group decide to volunteer for Collegiate Challenge at Habitat for Humanity?

Brennan: I am in an IB program (International Baccalaureate) at Claremont High School.  Our core requirements are creativity, action and service.  This project was my attempt at creativity. I thought if I took the lead on planning a project, I could display my creativity.  My teacher suggested a few organizations to look into, and Habitat was one of the names that jumped out at me.  I looked through the website and I thought Collegiate Challenge would be awesome.

A: Are you involved with any other activities outside, or inside of, school?

B: Football, soccer (both school and club teams), the Young Democrats Club, and I tutor my peers.   Is that it?  Yeah, I think that’s it.

A: What’s your favorite memory from this week?

B: Just hanging out with my friends.  The first day was really memorable because it was such grueling work.  We were so tired.  11am felt like it should have been the end of the day.

A: Would you recommend Collegiate Challenge to other high school or college students interested in volunteering?

B: Yes, definitely.  It was an amazing experience.  I think I am going to talk to the next IB class about it and suggest it as an activity.

A: If you had one message to send to the future homeowner of this property you worked on all week, what would it be?

B: I wish I could show them how hard we worked here all week and how much sweat and effort we put into their new home.  I guess the overall message is that, you know, somebody out there cares.  I would hope, too, that one day they could do the same for someone else.

A: What are your plans after high school?

B: I wanted to join AmeriCorps right after school, but my parents told me I should go to college first, or I might never wind up going.  I really want to go to school for Social Justice in law, or business.  After college I’ll definitely join the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps.  When I was a student at Loyola High School I took a course called Moral Theology, which can be translated into social justice.  We went down to Atlanta to protest the School of the Americas, and to New Orleans post Katrina, and I got hooked.