Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Navy Volunteers Help Build New Homes During L.A. Navy Week

This week we are very fortunate to have Navy men and women from the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln volunteering with us. Yesterday was the first day of what we are calling Navy Build Week and our Navy volunteers arrived at our build site in Lawndale to a big round of applause and KTLA's Gayle Anderson. You can view one of her segments here.

We are at a point in construction where there are a variety of projects being tackled. Some of the volunteers were mixing stucco, applying stucco to a cinder block wall, adding trusses, using power saws and good old-fashioned hammers. They also had the opportunity to meet the Royce family, who will move into one of the homes they were working on. Meet two of our Navy volunteers in the short video below.



During lunch they took a much needed break from all of their hard work and the hot sun. Mark Van Lue, Chief Operating Officer for HFH GLA and Navy veteran, shared with the Navy volunteers information on Habitat for Humanity's Veterans Initiative. This is a new initiative that was recently announced during a meeting with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and will engage veterans more broadly in many different facets of Habitat for Humanity's work. Learn more about it in the video below.



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Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cornerstone Construction Training Class Graduation

Guest Blog Post by: Martin Greenberger (with copious editorial assistance from Sue Hunt), Cornerstone Instructor

Fourteen students from Habitat for Humanity of Greater L.A.’s (HFH GLA) latest Cornerstone Construction Training class graduated and received their diplomas on Saturday, July 9, 2011. After working on siding and exterior trim at the Burbank Elliot Drive site, the students, some of their friends, partner family members, the instructors as well as a group of volunteers from Disney, enjoyed a lunch of barbequed burgers and dogs prepared by VP of Construction and Real Estate Steve Sferrino and Director of Construction Frankie Murphy. A couple more hours of work after lunch, then cake and diplomas!


This session was notable because we had our youngest graduate to date Payton Buckley,  who is still in high school. Age is no obstacle; we’ve had people of all ages from Gen Y’ers to seniors. Everyone can participate on a Habitat construction site.



The Cornerstone construction class gives Habitat volunteers a basic understanding of tools and construction processes. Students learn about measuring and cutting accurately, framing house components, installing drywall and siding, and some finish work (trim and painting). After completing the program they are ready to be more productive on a Habitat construction site.



Cornerstone consists of six evenings of instruction and practice and three Saturdays of “real” work on active Habitat construction sites.



The next Cornerstone session begins August 9. For more information please click here.

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This session was notable because we had our youngest graduate to date Payton Buckley,  who is still in high school. Age is no obstacle; we’ve had people of all ages from Gen Y’ers to seniors. Everyone can participate on a Habitat construction site.

The Cornerstone construction class gives Habitat volunteers a basic understanding of tools and construction processes. Students learn about measuring and cutting accurately, framing house components, installing drywall and siding, and some finish work (trim and painting). After completing the program they are ready to be more productive on a Habitat construction site.

Cornerstone consists of six evenings of instruction and practice and three Saturdays of “real” work on active Habitat construction sites.

The next Cornerstone session begins August 9. For more information please click here.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Preparing for a Royal Visit at the “Hiring Our Heroes” Veterans Job Fair in Los Angeles


Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently announced plans to visit the Hiring Our Heroes veterans job fair this Sunday at Sony Pictures Studios and guess who’ll be there? We have been planning on attending for months in support of this great event and it’s really exciting to find out that the Royal Newlyweds have designated our organization as a stop during their visit. My staff responded accordingly to this honor by customizing hard hats fit for the future King and Queen.


Hiring Our Heroes Los Angeles is the biggest of more than 100 hiring fairs taking place across the country and allows 1,500 veterans to connect with 200 area employers.  This event is a great opportunity for us to support our veterans by providing a helping hand to those in need of jobs, affordable housing and even volunteer opportunities.  We are thrilled to have been invited to participate and ecstatic to be in consideration to meet the Royal Couple!

Stay tuned for more following this event...

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

Guest Blog Post Contributed by: Jo-An Turman, Senior Director of Communications and Marketing

 This Monday, July 4, marks America's 235th year of independence. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day.  
Like most people, there is a good chance you will be celebrating July 4th with parades, fireworks and cookouts.  Where ever you choose to celebrate the day please take a moment to reflect on what Independence Day really means. HFH GLA would like to give thanks to the many that have served and are currently serving our country to preserve our freedoms.
When the founding fathers drafted the Declaration of Independence more than 200 years ago on July 4, 1776, they talked about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Within the pursuit of happiness is home ownership, and we, here at HFH GLA, are involved in making that privilege—that gift of the American experience—a reality for thousands of hardworking, low-income families and individuals.  
We will continue to strive to eliminate substandard housing throughout Greater Los Angeles and the world.  We wish you the best this Fourth of July, and urge you to remember to thank those in uniform who protect and defend our freedom.
July 4th Fun Fact:  In a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, James Monroe, the Fifth President of the United States, died on July 4, 1831. Calvin Coolidge, the Thirtieth President, was born on July 4, 1872, and thus was the only President to be born on Independence Day.

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