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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles Invites Public to Design Collectible T-Shirt for 9th Annual “Power Women, Power Tools” Build Event

Deadline for Entries is April 3, 2013 

Los Angeles, CA – March 21, 2013:  For the first time, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) is offering the opportunity to design the collectible t-shirt for its most anticipated event of the year “Power Women, Power Tools.”  Every year, “Power Women, Power Tools” attracts high-profile women volunteers from various sectors, including corporate, government, faith and the entertainment industry, as well as celebrities who spend the day building homes and bringing much needed awareness for affordable housing.  This year’s event will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Sony Pictures Studios from 8am to 4pm.

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The “I Have a Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles Launches Grass Roots Effort to Collect Prom Dresses and Accessories for Dreamers

“Prom Dress Day” will allow Senior Girls from Lincoln & Wilson High Schools to Select from Donated Items on Saturday, April 6th

 Los Angeles, CA – March 8, 2013:  The “I Have a Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles (IHADLA) helps children from underserved schools in impoverished communities have a better life and get a good education. Today, however, the foundation is taking on a new mission; to help its graduating girls from Lincoln and Wilson High Schools in East Los Angeles prepare for their senior proms.  Staff and supporters of IHADLA have taken to Facebook and social media to launch a grass roots effort to collect dresses, accessories, shoes and handbags.  Items may be shipped to IHADLA or local pick-up  may be arranged with staff and volunteers.

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Creative Fundraising – Poker Anyone?

I have represented non-profits for almost a decade so I appreciate how difficult fundraising can be, especially in this economy.   Although there are many ways to support an organization that don’t involve fundraising, such as advocacy and volunteering, funding is the most critical need.  For this reason, and because I am a self-proclaimed marketing dork, I love celebrating creative fundraising and the folks who make it happen.

Meet the Beach Cities Friends.  This organization was started in 2002 by a group of friends here in the South Bay, who had a desire to give back to the community.  They began volunteering, raising money and advocating for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles.  Their fundraising started simple – dinner parties in their home that educated friends about the organization and asking them to get involved – and it has grown to include annual events that raise enough to sponsor homes.

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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles Transforms Seven Blighted Homes in South Gate and Celebrates with New Homeowners in Dedication Ceremony

South Gate Mayor, HUD representative, City Officials, Volunteers& New Partner Homeowners Join in Ribbon Cutting Event

Los Angeles, CA – November 21, 2012: The Neighborhood Stabilization Program2 (NSP2) was established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to stabilize neighborhoods whose viability has been and continues to be damaged by foreclosed and abandoned properties. Through the NSP2 program, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA)has partnered with the City of South Gate to purchase 32 foreclosed homes; rehabilitate them with volunteer support and sell them to qualified low-income homebuyers.NSP2 has allowed HFH GLA to serve more families and individuals in greater Los Angeles through the rehabilitation of more than 100 homes and contribute to the area economy by utilizing the services of local companies.

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