|Board of Directors |
Walt Disney Imagineering
Mike LangEntertainment Executive
Merrill Lynch/B of A
Hollywood Sierra Kitchens
Los Angeles World Airports
Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP
Platinum Equity, LLC
Warner Bros. Entertainment
Southern California Edison
Apex Commercial Real Estate
Global Green USA
Capital Group Companies
JH Stark Companies
The Woodward Group
Ernst & Young
California Bank & Trust
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles builds and renovates homes in partnership with God and people everywhere with a goal of eliminating
by making decent,
affordable housing a matter of conscience and action in our communities.
THANK YOU TO OUR VALUED $1,000 -$250,000 DONORS
City National Bank
F + W Media, Inc.
Jeralyn A. Kirby
The Ralphs/Food 4 Less Foundation
Kirsch Kohn & Bridge LLP
William and Bobbie Pomeranz*
Los Altos United Methodist Church
Brentwood Presbyterian Church
Manhattan Beach Community Church
Diana and Robert Walker
Houlihan, Lokey, Howard & Zukin, Inc.
Boston Private Bank & Trust Company
Mark and Laurie Van Lue
Steve and Aeran Koch
Los Altos United Church of Christ
The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
THANK YOU TO OUR MAJOR DONORS
|Bank of America|
Beach Cities Friends
Bentley Prince Street*
California Department of Housing and Community Development
Capital Group Companies
City of Lawndale
City of Long Beach
City of Lynwood
Faithful Central Bible Church
John and Cindy Smet
Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Mayor Bob Foster
Sit and Sleep*
The Home Depot Foundation
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
W.M. Keck Foundation
The Walt Disney Company
*Denotes In-Kind Gifts
February has been a short, but busy month for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) filled with many exciting events! We encourage you to read about some of the highlights below and to join us in the upcoming months by volunteering on a build site, participating in an event, or shopping in one of our ReStores!
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF GREATER L.A. HELPS TO BUILD THREE HOMES IN NICARAGUA
In the past 40 years, the country of Nicaragua has been the target of earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, droughts, floods and hurricanes. As a result of multiple natural disasters, 78% of families lack shelter or live in inadequate conditions.
Recently, a group of 27 people from HFH GLA and Habitat for Humanity of Orange County (HFH OC) traveled to Nicaragua to build three homes. HFH GLA representatives included President & CEO Erin Rank, other HFH GLA staff and six current board members: Tom Clarke, Craig Russell, Ken Walker, Gerry Bross, Eva Kalawski and John Smet.
The group completed multiple days of construction in the San Cayetano community and were able to celebrate home dedications for the Davila-Mendez, Lopez Silva and Oruz families. During the trip they also participated in the inauguration of a water project, which will bring fresh water to the La Gallina community for the first time.
In December 2012, Veronica Garcia, VP of Advocacy and Community Partnerships, also traveled to Nicaragua to build homes and a new water system in Masachapa.
To see photos from the most recent Nicaragua trip, click HERE. To read a blog post about Veronica's experience, click HERE.
NEW HFH GLA HOMEOWNERS HONORED IN HOME DEDICATION CEREMONY
On Saturday, February 23, HFH GLA officially welcomed nine new partner homeowners to the City of Lynwood. Congresswoman Janice Hahn, City of Lynwood Mayor Salvador Alatorre, as well as members of the Presbyterian Coalition were just a few of the distinguished guests in attendance to celebrate the completion of the nine homes.
All of the homes were rehabilitated in partnership with the City of Lynwood, partner homeowners and volunteers as part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Neighborhood Stabilization Program2 (NSP2). Through this program, HFH GLA is rehabilitating foreclosed and abandoned homes in order to provide affordable homeownership opportunities while also improving neighborhoods that we have invested in.
Congratulations to the Delgado, Dumas, Henderson, Jordan, Miramontes, Moreno, Nitkiewicz, Peralta and Ramirez families on completing their sweat equity hours in order to make the dream of homeownership a reality!
|HABITAT ON THE HILL|
HFH GLA was very excited to have a presence at Habitat on the Hill, Habitat for Humanity International's annual legislative conference in Washington D.C. Vice President of Advocacy and Community Partnerships Veronica Garcia, Director of Community Engagement Josh Butler, Faith Relations Manager Chris Untiet and Youth United President Jenny Sim were able to meet with 10 legislative offices representing HFH GLA's service area. In addition, Veronica Garcia moderated a workshop that taught affiliates important steps in developing a legislative agenda while Chris Untiet was a speaker on the "A Faithful Commitment to Advocacy: Answering the Call" panel. Overall, Habitat supporters were able to conduct over 200 meetings with congressional representatives and advocate for affordable housing.
|PALOS VERDES RIDE FOR HFH|
HFH GLA will host its 2nd Annual Palos Verdes Ride for Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, April 6. This event is a great way for the community to support us while enjoying a ride along the scenic Palos Verdes Peninsula. There are three spectacular routes to choose from, which all begin and end at Terranea L.A.'s Oceanfront Resort. Expert and intermediate riders are encouraged to pedal for a purpose and join us on April 6!
For more information and to register early for $65, click HERE.
FUNDS AND AWARENESS RAISED AT SECOND ANNUAL TEXAS HOLD 'EM TOURNAMENT
On Saturday, February 2nd more than 60 poker players gathered at The Lakes at El Segundo to play Hold 'Em for Habitat! Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless), Glynn Turman (House of Lies), Ted Lange (The Love Boat) and Jim Pickens, Jr. (Grey's Anatomy) were also in attendance and put on their best poker faces.
The fundraising event was hosted by Beach Cities Friends, an organization that started in 2002 as a way for a group of friends in the South Bay to volunteer, fundraise and advocate for a cause close to their hearts. To date, Beach Cities Friends has raised more than $800,000 to help build and renovate nine homes in greater Los Angeles!
Check out our FLICKR account for more great photos from the night!
|Restore Neighborhoods L.A.|
Restore Neighborhoods LA, Inc. (RNLA) is an organization that shares in HFH GLA's goal to acquire, restore and build homes for low-income families. HFH GLA has decided to partner on three RNLA homes, which are being built with eco-friendly materials and technologies. HFH GLA is happy to help provide more affordable homeownership opportunities while learning about new, innovative ways to build. To watch a short video on RNLA, click HERE.
SHOP THE HFH GLA RESTORES TO SAVE TIME AND MONEY!
HFH GLA's two ReStores can best be described as home improvement thrift stores. For those renovating on a budget, the ReStores are the perfect place to purchase light fixtures, flooring, tiles, brick cabinets and even wood at discounted prices. A $10 Groupon deal is also currently available for $20 worth of building materials, furniture and more. To purchase your Groupon click HERE and to find more information on how the ReStores can save you time and money on your next home renovation project, click HERE.
We are open 5 days/week (Tuesday - Saturday 9am-6pm)
17700 S. Figueroa St.
Gardena, CA 90248
11029 Alondra Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650
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|BUILDING ON A DREAM POSTER CONTEST|
HFH GLA's community engagement team honored the vision and memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. this year with a poster contest! For the "Building on a Dream" poster contest, students ages 5-14 created posters incorporating the word "Equality" into their design, as well as illustrating the theme that all people should have access to decent, sustainable and affordable housing.
HFH GLA received many creative and impactful entries and left the hard work of choosing the winners up to our Board of Directors. First place winners received four tickets to Knott's Berry Farm; second place received $100 gift cards for Toys "R" Us; and third place received a $50 gift card for Target. Congratulations to all of our winners and to see a video of winners from the Westerly School of Long Beach, click HERE.
|THE CHARITABLE IRA ROLLOVER RETURNS|
With The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, Congress attempts to avoid the fiscal cliff by resurrecting the IRA charitable rollover, which had expired at the end of 2011.
Translated that means this provision has been extended for 2013. It authorizes a tax free Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCDs) transferred from an IRA directly to a charitable organization such as HFH GLA. The owner of the IRA making the direct transfer must be age 70 � or older to qualify. The IRA owner can exclude from gross income up to $100,000 of QCDs annually.
The QCD can be used as a strategy to reduce taxable income required from an IRA in 2013. For information about how you can benefit from this revised tax benefit you should contact your IRA fund advisor for directions or contact: Jennifer M. Wise, Vice President of Resource Development, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, 17700 S. Figueroa Street, Gardena, CA 90248, Direct: (424) 246-3627, Email: [email protected].
The information in this article is not considered as legal or tax advice. The reader should consult with his or her tax accountant or legal counsel.
IS CONSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE NEEDED TO VOLUNTEER WITH HFH GLA?
You do not need any experience to help build homes for hardworking, low-income families in greater Los Angeles. In fact, HFH GLA makes it easy for people to participate in any way that suits them while meeting new friends who share similar interests. All that HFH GLA requires is that construction volunteers are 16 years of age or older. HFH GLA builds Tuesdays through Saturdays, so cast any reservations aside and sign up to volunteer today!
BECOME A HABITAT INSIDER!
Like us on FACEBOOK or follow us on TWITTER and learn about how you can become an ADVOCATE for hardworking, low-income families in your own community.
There are various ways you can DONATE to HFH GLA!
Your donations change lives - from a monetary gift to donating your car (via Cars for Homes) or donating household items to our ReStores - you can help eliminate substandard housing.
Pick up your hammers and join us as a VOLUNTEER on site today! No construction experience is required - just a smile
and a willingness to help!
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