Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Thank You to all the DHL Volunteers

All of us at Habitat for Humanity of Greater L.A. loved having all of the volunteers from DHL last week. We were one of ten affiliates in the U.S. and Canada that partnered with DHL for their company-wide Volunteer Day. Check out this great slide show that some of the volunteers put together!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Heroes of the Day...Our Volunteers!!!

We had a 29.2% increase in the number of volunteers for July and August compared to the same months in 2009!  Congratulations to Deborah Lewis, our Volunteer Services Manager, and to our entire staff who help manage & encourage our volunteers on a daily basis. 

During these two months we had 1,251 volunteers, who gave over 16,100 hours of service!!!  That is the equivalent of 46 full-time employees and according to the Independent Sector, the value of this labor is over $375,000!


Monday, September 27, 2010

Paddlejam 2010

 Guest Post by Kyle Olson, Intern

Hey Los Angeles! It's Kyle Olson, intern for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA). Last night we spent some time kicking it with all the celebrities who came out for the Paddlejam 2010 event in Hollywood. We got to watch teams of celebrities play in a ping pong tournament to support their favorite charities! Of course, I was biased towards the Habitat for Humanity team - headed up by Zach Levi (NBC's CHUCK) and Simon Helberg (CBS's THE BIG BANG THEORY), two cute boys who did us proud! Our guys made it to the finals, but unfortunately took second place to LMFAO. Not too bad considering they took out opponents like George Lopez and Quinton Aaron. Overall, the night was a hit and we got to talk to all the participating players about HFH GLA's work on the red carpet! Zach and Simon, thanks for "saving humanity, one ping pong game at a time, and better luck next time guys! Number two on the tables, but number one in our hearts!"

Zach, me and Simon!

Delta Air Lines Volunteers Making Great Time on Home Rehab in Long Beach

Posted by Jennifer Wise, Dir. of Development:

We are so excited to partner with Delta Air Lines this year! The house on Magnolia in Long Beach has changed dramatically over the course of just 12 work days since the build launched on September 8. Each day, Wednesday through Saturday, 25 Delta employees work on site alongside our Habitat crew to rehabilitate this house. Jan, Paul, Daniel, and Larry have been our fearless leaders!

On Wednesday, September 22, Delta executives from Atlanta and Los Angeles joined a crew of 30 volunteers to make a serious dent in the home’s progress. Tim Mapes, SVP, Marketing, was working on sheathing and Barry Matthews, Coordinator, External Affairs and Community Relations, looked right at home helping to demo the roof. Mike “the mauler” Warner, who manages Delta’s field operations, continued to be a leading force on the build site. There were several returning Delta executives, including Susan Yandel and Debbie Brooks, who joined in on a variety of activities including framing, caulking and sheathing. Angela Kozai and Debbie Brooks continue to be phenomenal site hosts and partners. They truly make the volunteer experience delightful. (Read the press release here.)

The Delta employees had an amazing day Wednesday and we are looking forward to another great week ahead of us. LAX ROX!

To Read More About the Delta Build Click Here

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Aloha AmeriCorps Members

Each fall we are fortunate to have AmeriCorps members join our team in the office and across our building and retail sites, which we just love.  This year we welcome some new faces and welcome back a few familiar ones!  We will take the opportunity to introduce them to you here, starting today with Daniel Bilog, originally from Hawaii.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Volunteerism is Berry, Berry Sweet!

VolunteerMatch is one of the most frequented websites for individuals looking to engage in volunteerism and we use their site to recruit more volunteers.

This summer, in support of VolunteerMatch's work, Ben & Jerry's and Target created a new ice cream, called Berry Voluntary, sold exclusively at Target Stores. Now they need our help to promote this sweet treat!

VolunteerMatch is challenging Stephen Colbert of “The Colbert Report” to an ice cream taste-off on his show. Check out the video below and vote to promote volunteerism here.

Construction Update: Delta Air Lines, Inc. Blitz Build in Long Beach

Construction is flying by in Long Beach thanks to Delta Air Lines employees. Last week, on September 8th, the Delta Air Lines family joined us for the first day of their six-week blitz build. The company has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build affordable homes in seven cities across the country. As well as building with us in Long Beach, Delta Air Lines employees have also landed at Habitat sites in Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Memphis, Minneapolis - St. Paul and New York City.

Delta Air Lines will be rehabilitating a home, which is located on Magnolia Avenue in Long Beach, through October 16th. Twenty-five employees will volunteer on this site every Wednesday through Saturday during this time period. We are currently in the process of selecting a family for this home. Once selected, the family will be required to put in 500 hours of "sweat equity" building their home and their neighbors' homes, make a manageable down payment and pay back a zero interest mortgage.

We are also looking forward to welcoming Delta Air Lines Executives to the site on September 22nd. In addition to rolling up our sleeves and putting in a day of good, old-fashioned Habitat work, we will also celebrate the importance of their support in helping us to build affordable and sustainable housing for hardworking families in Los Angeles.

To read more about the Delta build click here.

For more information on the Delta Air Lines / Habitat for Humanity builds click here .

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

FOX Fall Eco-Casino Party!

Posted by:  Alison Treleaven, Vice President of Entertainment, Marketing & Communications and Isabel Lee, Corporate Project Manager

On Monday night we were excited to represent Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) at the FOX Fall Eco-Casino party. HFH GLA was honored to be a beneficiary of the event for the 5th year in a row, this time alongside one of our great partner organizations, Global Green USA. The party was held at BOA in West Hollywood and while seeing many of the FOX talent up close and personal was fantastic, the real star of the evening was the environment. All of the delicious food featured local and organic ingredients and the venue was festive and green with LED lighting, as well as casino chips made from recycled content!

It's inspiring to see the continued support that we receive from our entertainment industry partnerships and it only motivates us to work harder to build more safe and sustainable housing for hardworking families and individuals in Los Angeles! All of the evening's beneficiaries will receive a donation from FOX Gives - FOX Broadcasting Network's philanthropic division. You can also view a live video from the party by clicking here.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

This Guest Blogger's Support is Music to Our Ears

Posted by Guest Blogger, Heinrich Muller:

Two years after doing this for the first time, I’m inviting once again everybody I know to come to an Early Music concert at Ascension Lutheran Church that I am organizing. Renaissance and barock music, for a capella groups, some solos, a brass quintet, a lute, piano, and other instrumental performances are going to be presented. Bach, Dowland, Gabrieli, Handel, Isaac, and Schuetz are among the composers to be performed.

The purpose of the concert is twofold: For one, I wish to emphasize Early Music, because I think it is very beautiful, and deserves much more attention than currently the case, at least in LA and the South Bay. The other purpose is to support Habitat for Humanity, which supports people of low-income to build a home that they can call their own, helping not only with money but also by direct hands-on help in the construction of homes.

A donation of $10 is suggested to benefit this organization. A very short verbal introduction into the work of Habitat for Humanity will be presented at half time. Personally, I’m going to hold a short speech and sing in a solo quartet. I hope that you can come to enjoy the relaxed and calm atmosphere of a late Sunday afternoon listening to this music. The concert is performed by musicians from within and around the Ascension Lutheran Church community on September 12, 2010, at 5:30 p.m., at Ascension Lutheran Church, 26231 Silver Spur Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, (310) 373-0454 Admission is free; a donation of $10 is suggested to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Too Much Good Stuff - How to Reuse your Office Furniture

Habitat for Humanity ReStores of Greater Los Angeles are no longer accepting office furniture donations, due to the sheer volume available at this time. With many companies downsizing or going out of business, office furniture donations have become overwhelming and we’ve had to put a cap on the product for now. As soon as we are able to accept them again, we will be sure to announce it here and in our ReStore locations.

We are happy to share some great non-profit organizations in the area that would love to receive your office furniture donation. They strive to keep those items from landfills and put them to good use in the community.

LA Shares
L.A. SHARES is a non-profit materials reuse program, which takes donations from the local business community of reusable goods and materials (both new and used) and redistributes these items FREE-OF-CHARGE to non-profits and schools throughout Los Angeles County.

ANEW is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, organizing and repurposing surplus furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) for donation to the underserved and those who support them.

If you have any questions about donations to our ReStores, please visit our website or call us at 310-323-4663 ext 127.