Posted by Ashley Noel: I shot these interviews while on site in Malawi, for my first Global Village build with Habitat for Humanity. I wanted to capture my team and document everyone's feelings, emotions and revelations. It was so beautiful to see these 15 strangers come together with the common goal of building homes and giving these families a solid foundation to build their future. By the end of the trip, we were truly a family, not just with each other, but with the homeowners and the village as well. Our team keeps in touch and we want to continue to support our village in any way we can. Hopefully we can go back in a few years to do a follow up trip! In the meantime, I'm already looking forward to my next Global Village trip next year! God Bless!


Written by Spokesperson for Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week,  Holly Robinson Peete Growing up my parents instilled in me the importance of giving back. To this day, one of my favorite quotes is, “service is the rent that we pay for living” by Marian Wright Edelman. Rodney and I work hard at raising our kids to be service-minded and one of the ways we do this is through example. I have been blessed to be able to lend my name in support of many wonderful organizations that work to improve the lives of women and children. Habitat for Humanity’s work in this area is empowering and necessary. A home provides a safe place for children to grow up confidently and thrive academically. Each year, during the week leading up to Mother’s Day, Habitat for Humanity’s National Women ...


Are you single and looking for your soul mate?  Why not find the perfect person volunteering on a construction site! Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles is here to help with a special local event!  Our inaugural Singles Build Day is coming up on Saturday, April 19th from 8am to 3:30pm.  Bring a friend of the opposite sex who someone else might want to date and join us! You can fundraise for the $150 donation – you know your family and friends don’t want you to be single forever – so get them to help!  Click here to sign up and start your fundraising page and share! Your donation will help more hardworking, low-income families achieve the dream of homeownership while ...


Here at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) volunteers are the nuts and bolts of our organization. Many of them have extraordinary skills and talents that we put to good use throughout the year. Some help us to build beautiful homes and others, like Ned Shapiro, help elevate our special events. Ned came to us in 2010 via the Location Managers Guild of America (LMGA). You may recognize him because since then he has become a fixture at all of our big build events handling parking, directional signage and other important logistics. Ned’s story is currently being featured on the LMGA website. Please click HEREand read all about how fortunate we are that Ned has made his home with ...


Guest Blog: David’s Angels

We wanted to share this blog from a volunteer named David Garrett, who recently built with us and felt moved to share his experience on his professional blog.  David came out to build with his daughter, actress Beau Garrett, and two of her friends.  This was his first time building with us. After a conversation about the ReStores, David was instantly discussing sharing this on this blog – explaining that more of his realtor friends needed to know about the ReStores.   We are grateful to David for sharing his story and helping to spread the word about ReStores!  Enjoy his blog post, which also appears here, and as always if you moved to share it, we truly appreciate that!Shared by David Garrett:A Day in Long BeachMy daughter asked me along to ...


Meet Volunteer David Gardner

David started volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) in 2005.  He came to a build day with his employer at the time, TRW and then weeks later with Rolling Hills United Methodist Church.  Eight years  later, David is still volunteering with us on a weekly basis, helping to keep our construction warehouse in order and occasionally working out on the construction sites.  He is a key reason that our construction materials are organized and accounted for.  David is a great volunteer and we are lucky he has stayed so committed ...


Power in Pink

Guest Blog by Nicole Hansen, President, Green Galaxy EnterprisesThree years ago, I was recently divorced, had just sold my own home at a massive financial loss, and was renting for the first time in 14 years. That’s when my friend and fellow single mom Eda Benjakul invited me to a Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) fundraiser. I went, hoping it might take my mind off my own troubles. I was first taken in with the positive spirits of leaders Erin Rank and Alison Treleaven, and knew I wanted to be involved. When I heard from the single mom recipients, who dreamed of owning a home for the first time, I was humbled. I hadn’t realized that instead of being given homes, they had to help ...


Guest Blog by Kirstin Wilder, VP/Managing Editor of Variety & Power WomanAs managing editor of Variety I get many invitations to industry events, but my favorite of the year is the one I receive annually from Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles for the org’s “Power Women Power Tools” build event. This year I brought along my two daughters, ages 6 and 7, to participate in the kids program that runs simultaneously.At lunch, my girls were sitting beside me eating and listening distractedly to the program when a single mother who had recently moved into her new home took the stage with three of her five children. She spoke about the process and what a Habitat home had meant to them.During the course of her talk, one daughter knocked over her drink, so I tended that. ...


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Guest Blog by Patrick DiazThere are an infinite number of answers to the question, "Why do you build?" Some answers are simple and brief, while others only hint at a deeper vein of personal narrative that a simple answer cannot fully encompass.With each answer is a story. My Habitat story extends far beyond the past three years I have been traveling the country volunteering with Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the United States. It reaches all the way back to the first four years of my life, during the brief time that I knew my mother before she passed away at the age of ...