Building a Greater Los Angeles
The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation have been working with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) since 2012 to serve our nation’s heroes and revitalize neighborhoods throughout greater Los Angeles.
Los Angeles ranks as one of the least affordable housing areas in the United States and as a result many hardworking, low-income families and individuals are forced to live in poverty housing. Many of these families shop daily at Albertsons, Vons or Pavilions grocery stores. Knowing this, The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation is proud to support Habitat LA and its efforts to improve the lives of these families.
Lori Raya, the President of Albertson, Vons and Pavilions, has proven her commitment to low income communities by joining Habitat LA’s Board of Directors. “I am very proud of The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation’s history with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles,” she says. “Since our partnership began in 2012 we have donated over $200,000 in funds and products and over 200 volunteer hours that have undoubtedly changed lives and neighborhoods in our local communities.”
Habitat LA believes the most effective way it can help transform neighborhoods is to go beyond building new homes; it can broaden its efforts by offering home repairs to low income residents, beautification services, and neighborhood assets such as schools and churches.
Habitat LA began this work in 2009 when it launched its Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative and selected Lynwood, California as its first target area. Since 2009, Habitat LA has invested $24.3 million, with the help of The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation and other supporters, to build, renovate and repair 94 homes in this community helping to instill residents with a new sense of hope.
The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation has played a key part in helping Habitat LA’s efforts to revitalize this community by supporting the 2013 Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity Build-A-Thon. Over the course of four days, Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions employees joined forces with nearly 1,000 volunteers to build seven new homes and repair and beautify seven additional homes and three community properties on the same block. The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation kept volunteers well fed, generously donating continental breakfast and snacks for each day of the build.
The following year, The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation sponsored Habitat LA’s 2014 Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity Build-A-Thon in Long Beach, California. In three days, volunteers built two new homes, repaired six homes and provided critically needed upgrades to four nonprofit organizations that serve this community. The event engaged active military and veterans and recognized their contributions to our country.
In 2015, The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation honored the veteran community by supporting Habitat LA’s Veterans Build on November 11. Over 100 volunteers, the majority of whom were veterans, came together to build three new homes, one of which is designated for a veteran homebuyer, in Inglewood, California.
As we look forward, The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation hopes to have a long and fruitful partnership with Habitat LA. Recognizing the key role that this investment plays in the local community, Habitat LA families are incredibly grateful for all the support that Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions family of grocery stores has provided to them and their children over the years. Together we are creating a future where everyone has a decent place to live.