Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Did you Hear Dave McKechnie on The Sound FM this weekend?

No worries, you can hear his interview here:

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Volunteer Kelly Chapman Talks about Raising the Roof in Norwalk

Posted by guest blogger: Kelly Chapman

I had the distinct pleasure of volunteering with my 20-year-old daughter to restore a ravaged property in the Norwalk area.  My home church, Mosaic scheduled a SERVELA day and there were several volunteers who showed up.  It was nice to see such diversity!  People from different backgrounds and all ages were there in the blazing heat, prepared to do some "good" damage on both the inside and the outside of the home.

For me personally, I am new to Los Angeles, and I have been trying to find my way to connect and make a difference. Due to my extensive travels, this is a hard task.  I was so glad that this particular weekend was good for both my daughter and me.  It is my hope that I can instill the joy of both volunteerism and philanthropy in her heart early.  Joining with Habitat for Humanity of Greater L.A. and Mosaic Church was an experience that neither of us will forget!

Firstly, I guess I expected to learn a few things about home renovation:  like maybe how to paint, how to install a toilet, or install crown moldings, etc. 

Nope, we were immediately assigned to the roof!

From the ground, it looks fairly simple.  It is not until you climb the ladder of the one-story ranch that you feel the challenge of being up in the air.  But without hesitation, we all scrambled up the ladder and began our task: pulling up the roof exposing the wood, and throwing the debris in the dumpster.  In addition, we needed to pull up hundreds of nails.  It was so good to see my daughter busy ripping up a full section of the roof, and of course - as the concerned Mom, I wanted her to steer clear of the edges.  She moved to a portion of the roof where I couldn't see her, and worked tirelessly (that calmed my nerves).  I pulled up almost two sections of the roof myself, and then started on the nails.

By noon, the heat was scorching, but we all kept on going.  We were doing this for a mother and her kids.  This was the least we could do.  As we listened to the cool sounds on the radio, and occasionally stopped for a cool drink and to see the soccer players working hard across the street, there was nothing to complain about.  We had only grateful thoughts:  that we are blessed with a roof over our own heads, and that we have the strength and the opportunity to help build someone else's roof.

For those of us, who carried the shingles to the dumpster without a long - sleeved shirt, the result was small pieces of glass pierced your skin (harmless).  I came home to find ten nails in the bottom of my sneakers.  However, as I pulled each one out with a hammer, I was reminded of The One whose hands were pierced with nails, just for me.  He gave Himself just for me (and you)!  What a sacrifice!

It was a reminder that this won't be the first nor the last time, I am on the roof.  I can't wait!

Kelly Chapman

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Legal Eagles: Putting Their Time Where Their Mouth Is

In February of this year, while the students at Loyola Law School (LLS) were losing their grip on the fond memories of winter break, an innocent email went out from one lone student to some friends in her first year class: "Who wants to burn off some steam over spring break and build houses with Habitat for Humanity ?"

The response was overwhelming. Soon, the innocent participation of a couple friends became an all out movement on the part of the whole student body. Over the course of three days, 75 students volunteered to paint, nail and haul their way into a new tradition for LLS. Even more impressive, by the end of the semester, they had raised $5,772!

Although LLS is traditionally renowned for being a public interest law school, even the student government was impressed by the energy, compassion and dedication of the students who participated - especially because every one of them had finals and papers looming on the horizon. The project was such a success that the school has plans to repeat the effort during the 2010-2011 school year, and beyond!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

What's Greater than Youth Advocating for & Building Affordable Housing? Doing it with us!

Thanks to Cambio Cares for their generous support and enthusiasm...great job on the door casings!

Friday, August 13, 2010

A Party On Our Build Site!

Today Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, Plex and DJ Lance Rock were building with us to celebrate their partnership with Habitat for Humanity. During their Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: There's A Party In My City! tour this fall the Gabba Gang will be teaching important life lessons on and off the stage with special promotions and events to help Habitat for Humanity raise awareness and funds for affordable housing. Over fifty affiliates across the country are involved, which means that many Habitat for Humanity partner homeowners will benefit from the group’s generosity.

The tour kicks off in Bethel New York on 8/28 and will continue through 12/12 – with four shows in Los Angeles! In every city on the tour $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Habitat affiliate in that city, as well as proceeds from a VIP ticket auction for their local show.
Yo Gabba Gabba! knows that the party would not be complete without Habitat for Humanity partner homeowners and that’s why at least ten tickets per show will be set aside for Habitat for Humanity partner homeowners and their children to see the show and in some cities all local Habitat for Humanity families will be invited!

Along the way there will be lots of ticket giveaways, in-store/ReStore promotions and television appearances, so be sure to check in with your local Habitat for Humanity affiliate to get all the latest news and Habi-Gabba gossip!