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“Opening the Doors to Change” Door Design Contest Winners Announced – All Entries on Display in Norwalk ReStore

Local Youth Advocate for Affordable Housing with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles during Act! Speak! Build! Week

Los Angeles, CA – April 9, 2014: In line with this year’s theme, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) sponsored “Opening the Doors to Change”, a design activity and competition to kick off a national youth advocacy program, Act! Speak! Build! Week (ASBW), April 6-12, 2014. Students were asked to decorate a common door in a creative and artistic way to bring attention to the need for affordable housing and ASBW. Entrants submitted photos to Habitat LA and the winners were announced Saturday, April 5th during a special reception held at the Norwalk ReStore.

“Today’s youth are incredibly passionate and connected, so engaging them to spread the message about the need for affordable housing is extremely powerful,” said Erin Rank, president and CEO, Habitat LA.

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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles Announces CharityBuzz Auction Featuring VIP Set Visit Plus Opportunity to Meet “Ray Donovan” Star Pooch Hall

Los Angeles, CA – March 28, 2014:  Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity (HFHFH), a program of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA), launched its latest VIP Experience auction on CharityBuzz.com featuring a VIP visit to the set of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” plus a meeting with one of the show’s stars, Pooch Hall.  Bidding is open through Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm EDT. This VIP experience is priceless and all proceeds benefit HFH GLA’s mission to end substandard housing.

 

Bid now on the chance to meet Pooch Hall in Los Angeles.

Donated to Habitat LA by Showtime Network Inc., the auction winner, plus one lucky guest, will have the opportunity to visit the set of “Ray Donovan” and meet actor, Pooch Hall, in Los Angeles, California.

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Local Youth Advocate for Affordable Housing with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles during Act! Speak! Build! Week April 6 to 12, 2014

“Opening the Doors to Change” Design Contest is One Way to Get Involved

Los Angeles, CA – March 20, 2014: Act! Speak! Build! Week (ASBW) is a student-initiated advocacy program that empowers young people ages 5-25, not only to educate themselves about affordable housing issues, but also to take action. Habitat for Humanity affiliates around the country participate annually and this year ASBW will take place April 6-12.  Locally, schools and universities will participate with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) by planning and hosting an event or activity focused on ending poverty housing, raising social consciousness, and changing housing policy.

This year’s theme is “Opening the Doors to Change.

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Rudy Carrasco Joins Deconstruction & ReUse Network’s San Francisco Team

Laguna Beach, CA – March 13, 2014: Deconstruction & ReUse Network, Inc. (DRN) is thrilled to announce Rudy Carrasco has joined the organization as a project manager in its San Francisco region. DRN is an environmental and social benefit 501(c)(3) dedicated to promoting and empowering deconstruction practices and the reuse of quality building materials through collaboration.

In his role as project manager, Rudy Carrasco will assist property owners with planning and oversight of their projects, while networking with local organizations and municipalities to expand awareness of DRN’s services throughout the San Francisco area.

“Rudy brings valuable experience with building materials and construction management to our team,” said Lorenz Schilling, president of DRN. “He also understands the powerful impact the practice of reuse can have in the community.

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Thrivent Financial reaches $200 million in donations to Habitat for Humanity with new 2014 commitment

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles benefits from Thrivent Builds with homebuilding efforts

Los Angeles, CA – February 28, 2014: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) has been awarded $137,500 from Thrivent Financial to build a home in Long Beach, California. This will be the ninth home built in in partnership with Thrivent in greater Los Angeles.  From the national partnership’s inception in 2005, Thrivent Financial and its members have now committed more than $200 million and more than four million volunteer hours.

The funding is part of an ongoing partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International, called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity. Through the partnership, Thrivent members, Habitat affiliates and others partner with families across the U.S. and around the world to provide affordable housing and stronger, generous communities.

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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles Announces 5th Annual General Hospital Fan Build Day

Registration is Now Open to Build Alongside GH Cast Members on March 8, 2014

Los Angeles, CA – December 20, 2013:  Fans of the long-running, ABC daytime drama, General Hospital will once again have the opportunity to spend a day building a Habitat for Humanity home with their favorite cast members.  The 5th Annual General Hospital Fan Build has been announced for Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Los Angeles. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) will host the 5th Annual General Hospital Fan Build as part of its entertainment partnership program, Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity (HFHFH).

Fans may register online here for one of 20 build spots available this year. The minimum donation is $275, and 100 percent of the proceeds help HFH GLA build more homes for hardworking, low-income families and individuals in the greater Los Angeles area.

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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles Teams Up with JCPenney for Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity’s Annual Build-A-Thon

Los Angeles, CA — October 24, 2013: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) today announced that JCPenney will be its top sponsor for its annual Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity Build-A-Thon (HFHFH BAT), taking place Nov. 6-9. HFH GLA will bring together more than 800 volunteers to revitalize a neighborhood in the City of Lynwood during its 2013 Hollywood for Habitat Build-A-Thon. As a top sponsor, JCPenney volunteers will help kickoff the HFHFH BAT on Wednesday, Nov. 6. World-renowned architect and designer Michael Graves, who recently launched Michael Graves Design at JCPenney, will be joining JCPenney in support of the HFHFH BAT and speaking during the lunch program. 

HFH GLA will begin building seven new homes and renovating existing homes on the same block, along with two churches and a market during the HFHFH BAT. The event will also recognize veterans for their contributions in honor of Veterans Day, on Nov. 11.

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PSAs + Celebrity Endorsements = Great Video Content

We work with a lot of non-profits and so we understand how helpful a PSA is for your organization and how much more powerful it is with a celebrity attached to it.  Therefore, you should always be ready to film.  We carry our Kodak Play Touch with us all the time in case an opportunity arises.  If nothing else, a smart phone will always work in a pinch!  Earlier this month, we were on site with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles for their National Women Build event in Long Beach and Holly Robinson Peete was the spokesperson. So, as we were interviewing her for a long form video about the event, we seized the opportunity to capture a short video with her talking about why she supports Habitat for Humanity.  A little bit of editing later and voila, a PSA!

And P.S. Holly is awesome – we had some fun on Vine that day – you can watch it here.

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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles Announces 9th Annual “Power Women Power Tools” Build Event at Sony Pictures Studios

More than 200 Women Volunteers to Participate on Sat., June 15, 2013

Los Angeles, CA – May 21 2013: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles’ (HFH GLA) highly anticipated “Power Women Power Tools” (PWPT) build returns to Sony Pictures Studios on Saturday, June 15, 2013. More than two hundred volunteers will participate. The volunteers will be framing walls, which will be used for future construction of decent, sustainable and affordable homes in the local community. HFH GLA is also pleased to welcome back Lowe’s, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Union Bank as sponsors of this year’s event.

PWPT, now in its ninth year, attracts hundreds of professional women from various sectors, including corporate, entertainment, education and faith to build homes side by side.

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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles Celebrates National Volunteer Week

Volunteers 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.

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