First published in the May 21 print issue of the Glendale News Press.
Los Angeles Federal Credit Union, LAFCU, raised $11,000 for the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity during April.
The funds came from online contributions, in-person branch donations and from a raffle of gift cards for LAFCU staff.
For every dollar raised, LAFCU matched up to $5,000 for Habitat through LAFCU’s nonprofit charity, the Los Angeles Charitable Association.
All donations will go toward Habitat’s vision of helping families build and improve places to call home. The association believes that affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities.
LAFCU has partnered with Habitat since 2007, including raising funds and volunteering in-person at build sites. Although LAFCU hopes to return to building houses again in-person soon, due to the ongoing pandemic, it focuses mainly on online and in-person branch donations.
Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. It works in local communities across all 50 states and in 70 countries and has helped 39 million people achieve strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter.
Its vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Families in need apply for homeownership and are selected based on level of need, willingness to partner with Habitat and their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan.
The homebuyer invests hundreds of hours of their own labor, called “sweat equity,” working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners.
For more information, visit www.LAFCU.org or call (877) MY LAFCU (695-2328).