Volunteers

27
Aug

Last Week, Veza founder Brandon Michaels took his first trip to visit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles’ (Habitat LA) home build site in Long Beach, California. Veza’s collaboration with Habitat LA really started to have meaning after Brandon’s on-site visit to the current Habitat LA home in production. Brandon had an opportunity to spend a day, on location, and get a whole new meaning of partnership as he dug, sawed, mixed and nailed under the hot August sun. Being a part of the action gave Brandon and Veza an entirely new perspective on collaboration as they turned in their formal attire for sneakers and spent an entire day learning how Habitat LA makes such an impact. Later that day, Brandon had the opportunity to meet and build with Miguel, a member of the family ...

31
Jul

Blog post shared by Bank of America Student Leader and Habitat LA Intern, Neemat Abdusemed: I am currently a high school student entering my senior year at Hawthorne Math and Science Academy. I was looking for any internship to occupy my summer and help me attain some work experience. A friend told me about the Bank of America Student Leadership program, stating that her sister did it and had a wonderful experience. I did some research on the internship and instantly became intrigued. I applied and was overjoyed to receive an acceptance notice. It was exciting to know that Bank of America shared an interest in investing in my future. Being an eight-week paid internship, Bank of America chose my local non-profit organization: Habitat for Humanity for Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA). As ...

28
Jul

Posted by guest blogger: Roxana Sanchez Somewhere in the swirl of senior year, a former teacher turned mentor, posted a link on my Facebook wall. The link read: Bank of America Student Leaders Program. Though Bank of America was on my radar, I didn’t know they performed other functions outside of banking. In the Student Leaders Program, Bank of America sponsors students who are involved in their communities, to work an 8-week paid internship at a local non-profit. Also as part of the internship, Student Leaders are required to participate in an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. for a week-long leadership summit. So in January 2014, I submitted my application and continued on with my life. Months after, when I least expected, I got an email from Bank of America congratulating me. A few days later I was informed of ...

21
Jul

    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!

23
May

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 ...

19
Apr

Singles Build Day!

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 ...

09
Jan

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 ...

01
Oct

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 ...

29
Aug

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 ...

31
Jul

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 ...