September/ October 2016

In this issue:
ReStore DonationsVolunteer Corner
Interfaith Build DayHabitat for Humanity CaliforniaUpcoming Events
Delta Build 2016Los Angeles Builders Ball
The IRA Charitable RolloverHousing, Transportation & Jobs Summit
You Helped Us Reach Our Goal!

Thank you to everyone who made a donation as part of our 2016 Matching Gift Challenge during the month of September! We are excited to announce that we reached our goal of $25,000 and that the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) Catholic Coalition will generously match this amount dollar for dollar. This means that together we will be able to help more low-income families build strength, stability and independence through homeownership.

30 Years of Building with Bank of America

In celebration of Bank of America's 30 year commitment to Habitat for Humanity they put together a video featuring Habitat LA homeowner Amanda Jordan. Amanda Jordan and her three kids live in Lynwood and this piece shares how Habitat and Bank of America empowered her through homeownership. The home has provided a place of strength and stability for her entire family to thrive. Click below to enjoy this video!

9-11 Interfaith Build Day
Representatives from the Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, Christian and Jewish faith traditions gathered on a Habitat LA build site in Montebello on the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Habitat LA hosts this annual build day as a way to honor the victims and heroes of 9-11 through service. 

Volunteers hung drywall and nailed siding with the common goal of helping to build four Habitat homes, as well as a stable and inclusive community. Swami Mahayoganada of the Vedanta Society of Southern California commented that this day was a "harmony of religions" helping us to realize that the aspects of faith that pull us apart are trivial compared to those that bring us together, like Habitat, to break down barriers and institute meaningful change.

Our interfaith work encompasses the same spirit of humility and cooperation that was shown in the wake of 9-11. If you are interested in learning more about Habitat LA's Interfaith Initiative, please contact Jordan Markovic, Habitat LA Faith Relations Manager, at 424-246-3652 or [email protected] 

Delta Build 2016
Construction is underway on the Trejo family home that we are building in partnership with Delta Air Lines! This is the first of five homes that we will be building together in the City of Los Angeles.

The Trejo's are a family of four currently living in a one-bedroom apartment. Delta Air Lines employees are volunteering alongside the Trejo's Wednesday through Friday to help build their home in just six weeks! Other builds are also taking place this fall in Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York City and Seattle.

Both Habitat LA and Delta are committed to serving and strengthening the City of Los Angeles. We are looking forward to honoring Delta on October 13th at our Los Angeles Builders Ball™ with our Foundation Builder award.

View more photos from the 2016 kickoff HERE.
The IRA Charitable Rollover

Are you looking for an easy way to help the causes you care most about? If you are 70 � or older, you can make a gift from your IRA account to help support the work of Habitat LA this year and benefit. Click HERE to learn more. 
Your ReStore Donations Make a Difference

All proceeds from the Habitat LA ReStores help to build and repair homes in our community. Our ReStores need your donations! If you are remodeling, redecorating, downsizing, upgrading or moving, don't throw away reusable items. Give these items a second life and help us stock our shelves. We even pick up! Click HERE to view a list of items that we accept,  HERE for locations/hours and HERE to schedule a pickup.

Support Habitat for Humanity California

You can help build a better California by supporting Habitat for Humanity California with your state tax return. This year's tax season is almost over with an October 15th deadline for taxpayers who requested a six-month extension. If you are filing between now and October 15th, please consider designating a contribution to the "Habitat for Humanity Fund" in box #428. A voluntary contribution is an election made by the taxpayer to designate a portion or all of their tax return to charitable funds. Click HERE to learn more. Thank you for your support!

2016 Los Angeles Builders Ball is Sold Out

Our 2016 Los Angeles Builders Ball� to be held on October 13th is officially SOLD OUT! We are looking forward to a wonderful evening with a cocktail reception, dinner, live auction, celebrating our honorees and entertainment by the Official Prince Tribute band featuring former Prince band members and a special performance by Grammy-nominated R&B singer, Shanice Wilson. 

If you are still interested in sponsorship opportunities or purchasing a ticket please contact Patty Lee, Associate Director of Special Events, at [email protected] or 424.246.3178 to be added to our waitlist. We extend a heartfelt thank you to our Host and Honorary Committee members, sponsors and everyone who helped make this year's event possible!
15th Annual Mayoral Housing, Transportation and Jobs Summit

Habitat LA will be participating in the 2016 Mayoral Housing, Transportation and Jobs Summit. This year's event will take place at UCLA's Korn Convocation Hall on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 7:30am to 2:30pm. The summit will focus on the future of transportation in Los Angeles. 

Click HERE to view the flyer and learn how you can register to attend HERE

Volunteer Corner

We recently welcomed Tom Kafka to our growing team of volunteer crew leaders! Habitat  LA crew leaders are skilled volunteers who participate on our build sites several times each month. When we asked Tom why he was inspired to go through our crew leader training program he said,"I got involved with Habitat because I'm good at making things and it seemed like a logical thing to do when I retired."

Habitat LA homes are built almost entirely by volunteers and our crew leaders play an important role in ensuring that everyone who comes out to volunteer is able to complete their construction tasks safely and efficiently, while also having fun. We currently have many opportunities to volunteer on our construction sites. Sign up HERE.  

In addition to volunteering to build homes, volunteers can also sign up to assist with our special events. You can learn more about these opportunities HERE

  Upcoming Events

  • October 13: Los Angeles Builders Ball 
  • October 26: Delta Air Lines Home Dedication
  • October 29: Beach Cities Friends Trivia Night. Click  HERE for more information.
  • October 30: Sukkot Build