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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles Celebrates National Volunteer Week

Grp ShotVolunteers from Sit n’ Sleep, Fox & Sony Join Efforts to Build Affordable, Sustainable Housing

Los Angeles, CA – April 23, 2013: In honor of National Volunteer Week, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) will be hosting special build days, today through Saturday, welcoming volunteers from Sit n’ Sleep, Fox Broadcasting Company, Sony Pictures Entertainment and more. National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.

Volunteers will be giving back with Habitat at various build sites throughout greater Los Angeles, taking on a variety of tasks that include demolition, trenching, drywall, framing, roofing and more.  In addition to building, volunteers are encouraged to “share the good” with photos and posts to social networks to inform and inspire more people to get involved with Habitat for Humanity and other community strengthening efforts.

“National Volunteer Week continues to inspire so many to seek out ways to serve their community and we are thrilled to welcome back some familiar groups as well as some who are joining us for the first time,” said Erin Rank, president and CEO, HFH GLA.  “Each year, over 10,000 volunteers help us build hope, lives and communities and it’s an honor for us to recognize them during this special week.”

Volunteer building events during National Build Week include:

Tues. 4/23: Women in Non-Traditional Employment Roles (WINTER) – Long Beach

Wed. 4/24: Sit n’ Sleep – Long Beach

Thurs. 4/25: WINTER – Long Beach

Friday 4/26: Fox Broadcasting Company – Lynwood

Friday 4/26: WINTER – Long Beach

Sat. 4/27: St. Matthews Episcopal Church – Long Beach

Sat. 4/27: Sony Pictures Entertainment – Lynwood

National Volunteer Week also gives organizations and communities an opportunity to thank those who continually give of themselves throughout the year. HFH GLA will acknowledge special volunteers during a Volunteer Appreciation Event Friday, April 26 at the South Gate Park Municipal Auditorium.  Honors will be given for the winner of the Department Volunteer of the year and special “Trusty Rusty”, who were nominated by HFH GLA department staff and Presidential Awards will be handed out based on hours volunteering throughout the year.  Volunteers who have given more than 100 hours of service in 2012 will be in attendance and honored for helping to propel the mission of Habitat.

Notable 2012 HFH GLA statistics:

  • More than 11,000 volunteers gave over 124,000 hours
  • 85% of homes were built by volunteers
  • Volunteers worked on construction sites, in ReStores, in HFH GLA office and at special events
  • A Habitat home is built every six minutes worldwide!
  • HFH GLA has helped to build nearly 800 homes – locally and internationally

HFH GLA will also be recognizing volunteers by sharing photos and stories on its blog, Facebook, Google Plus, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter platforms throughout the week and encourages everyone to share their posts with friends, family and followers.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles builds Tuesday through Saturday year-round and offers a variety of opportunities to volunteer from building on homes to working in their ReStores.  All volunteer opportunities may be found at www.habitatla.org.

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families and individuals in need to build decent, sustainable and affordable housing. Since 1990, HFH GLA has built and renovated nearly 800 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. HFH GLA is a GuideStar® Valued Partner and has achieved the coveted Charity Navigator 4-Star rating awarded to non-profits for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. For more information, please visit http://www.habitatla.org or call 310-323-4663. Visit our blog at http://buildingagreaterla.blogspot.com.

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Media Contacts:

Jo-Ann Turman

Habitat for Humanity GLA
424-246-3175

jturman@habitatla.org

 

Angela Moore

Starfish PR

310-429-8868

angela@starfish-pr.com