Monday, April 30, 2012

Dodgers make a Hollywood veteran feel like a kid again...

Guest Blogger: Ned Shapiro, HFH GLA Volunteer

When I showed up to do my volunteer thing on the Bank ofAmerica/Dodgers build day in Lynwood, I had no idea of what was in store for me.  I love volunteering for Habitat for Humanity of Greater L.A. (HFH GLA), just as it is, but this was an extra special bonus.  After 30+ years of working the movie/TV industry, and after having worked closely with actors and directors of considerable note, without giving it much  thought, I was reduced to jelly when my Dodgers started showing up.  To actually meet a boyhood idol like Maury Wills was beyond belief.  I have so much to thank HFH GLA for, and now this!!!!

Ned Shapiro and LA Dodgers player, Matt Kemp

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Opportunities to Serve Our Local Veterans from Affordable Housing & Repairs to Volunteer & Community

President and CEO Erin Rank discusses how Habitat for Humanity is serving those who serve in Greater Los Angeles.  Watch this short video to learn how you can get involved and give back to the service men and women who give so much for us.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Salute to Those Supporting us During National Volunteer Week

I just want to take a moment to thank the groups of volunteers who will be giving their time to us this week in celebration of National Volunteer Week!

Your generous spirit is truly appreciated and we hope you'll come back to lead other volunteers now that you have such great skills!

We look forward to seeing your photos. Please join us and share them on our Facebook page.  Visit our website to learn how you can volunteer with us. 

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2nd Annual Lent Build Concluded with Celebration

Thanks to our amazing volunteers (and there were a lot of them!) our 2nd Annual Lent Build has been a great success!  Not only did we further renovation on several homes, together we were able to complete one home rehabilitation!

Check out the photos from our celebration here and be sure to join us on Facebook where we have been sharing photos and stories from those who volunteered for this year's Lent Build.  We thank you for your giving spirit and look forward to serving with you again next year!

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Lakers Ball Boy Experience

Guest blog post by 13-yr old, Troy Guglielmo. His father placed the winning bid on our Lakers ball boy experience package.

 On April 3rd, 2012, I got to the chance to experience being the ball boy for the Lakers. When my dad told me I was going to be the Lakers ball boy on my 13th birthday, I was so excited! I am a Lakers fan who loves watching them play and am actually a basketball player myself.  I could not believe I had the opportunity to go on the court, rebound for the world famous Lakers and meet the players. I could hardly wait on my ride over to the game. When I arrived along with my family, I was greeted by some of the staff, they were really kind. They showed me the way in and gave me a complimentary “I LOVE THE LAKERS” t-shirt. I also got two tickets to watch the game with my dad and a media pass that I could use to get about anywhere. I thought about all the possibilities but then was showed the way to the court.  
When I got down, I was greeted by the coaches and ball boy and was instructed what to do. I started rebounding for the players and then would pass it off to either them or the coaches. Once, I went up for a rebound and got all tripped up and then eventually plopped on the floor. So, the coaches said I got fouled and had to go to the line to shoot a free throw. I went up to the line and shot the ball… I was waiting to see what would happen. THUD! I had not even hit the hoop on my first ever shot in the Staples center. I turned to see my dad recording it and laughing gleefully, “AIRBALL,” he said. I then went back to rebounding for the players and listening to the instructors. After about another hour and a half or so, the music started playing and the Lakers came through the tunnel. I got to give them high-5’s and then started rebounding for some Lakers greats such as Kobe, Pau and Metta. After warming up, we put the balls away and awaited the National Anthem to play. While the song was playing, I really took in the magnificence of the Staples Center. When the song ended, I was escorted off the court and up to my seats.
The basketball game was against the New Jersey Nets and was action-packed the whole time. During the middle of the 4th quarter I went down and sat in the 2nd row for the remainder of the game. There was 10 seconds to go and the Lakers were only up by one and they had to get a shot off. So with 3 seconds left on the shot clock, Kobe shot a fade-away three which probably went in and out three times and then finally went in! The crowd went wild and the Lakers went onto winning the game.
After, I was escorted outside the locker room to get pictures and autographs from the Lakers. I had a great time being the ball boy at the game for the Lakers. From rebounding for Pau Gasol to shooting with Kobe and then getting blocked by Metta World Peace, which was hysterical, I had a moment with the Lakers that I would always cherish. The staff was kind yet funny and the whole experience was amazing. Thanks to Habitat for Humanity of GreaterLos Angeles, I had the best experience of my life.
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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Jimmy Carter & Roger Owens Reconnect During JCWP Los Angeles

On opening day for Major League Baseball, we thought it would be appropriate to share a story that warmed out hearts. It involves the Los Angeles Dodgers and Habitat for Humanity's most famous volunteer, former President Jimmy Carter.

The article below recently appeared in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals.


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