Rams partner with Habitat for Humanity to host two "Huddle for 100" volunteer events

On Tuesday, September 17, the Los Angeles Rams teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Los Angeles County and Ventura County to host two “Huddle for 100” volunteer events. As part of the NFL’s Huddle for 100 initiative, the league is encouraging fans, players, clubs and employees to inspire 1 million people to volunteer 100 minutes of their time to make meaningful contributions to their communities.

As part of the NFL’s 100th season, on Tuesday, September 17, the Los Angeles Rams partnered with Habitat for Humanity to host two Rams “Huddle for 100” volunteer events

At Seminole Springs Mobile Home Park in Agoura Hills, Rams staff, offensive linemen JAMIL DEMBY, JEREMIH KOLONE and BOBBY EVANS, cheerleaders, Rampage and volunteer season ticket members put the final touches on the community’s newly assembled playground and repaired homes that were affected by the Woolsey fire in November of 2018. Each player also adorned the park’s recreational area with Rams-themed murals and sketched an “LA Together” logo on the local basketball court. The day was made possible through funding from the Rams/CBS 2/KCAL 9/United Way fundraiser held last November to assist with rebuilding efforts. In addition to the funds for the new playground, Seminole Springs has received more than $200,000 from the fundraiser to assist with home repairs.   

“Community engagement and volunteerism is a top priority of the Los Angeles Rams and we were excited to have our season ticket members join us as we rallied together to help our neighbors in need,” said MOLLY HIGGINS, Vice President of Community Affairs and Engagement for the Los Angeles Rams.

After 110 homes in Seminole Springs were lost in the natural disaster that struck the Southern California region almost a year ago, many of the community’s residents continue to be displaced from their homes. To assist with their neighbor’s gradual transition back into their community, the Rams organization decided to take a day out of the office to offer support with the reparation efforts.

“It’s important to get volunteers in the community along with the Rams to come and help the recovery this year at Seminole Springs, and moving forward, to make sure that these residents get back to normal as soon as they can,” said team COO KEVIN DEMOFF.

As part of the NFL’s 100th season, on Tuesday, September 17, the Los Angeles Rams partnered with Habitat for Humanity to host two Rams “Huddle for 100” volunteer events

After 10 months of living away from her home, 13-year resident of Seminole Springs, Chandra Fortier, was pleased to see her community start to come together again. With home repairs and new amenities such as a playground, recreational area and Rams-themed murals, the residents are gradually beginning to feel the resurgence of the neighborhood.

“This has been really wonderful. We finally feel like we have hope and our community is coming back together with all of these wonderful people helping us,” said Fortier. “It’s just been really nice and making us feel good. We will have brand-new homes.”

About 25 miles north of Agoura Hills in Camarillo, Quarterback BLAKE BORTLES, Defensive Tackle TANZEL SMART, cheerleaders, Rampage, staff and season ticket members also assisted with a Habitat Home Repair for two homes in Casa del Norte Mobile Home Park.

“A lot of these families are elderly or on a fixed income, so the home repair program doesn’t renovate the homes but provides maintenance for their critical needs like painting, landscaping, electrical work, a little plumbing and some roofing,” said Habitat for Humanity Ventura County Construction Manager, Chris Grasso.

When Bortles and Smart arrived at the repair project, it didn’t take long for them to have paint brushes in hand. They immediately began to work on homes as Bortles painted a white fence on a porch while Smart painted the exterior and window panels.

“It’s a blessing and an honor to come out here and help in the community. The last time I painted a house had to be in high school,” said Smart.

This year, all 32 NFL clubs are hosting huddles throughout the year which aim to address a wide variety of causes to bring communities together in the spirit of service.

Details about future national, club and DoSomething huddles will be announced throughout the NFL100 campaign leading up to the final and largest national huddle at Super Bowl LIV in Miami in February 2020.

Fans can visit www.nfl.com/huddlefor100 or follow #NFLHuddleFor100 to get involved and learn more about Huddle for 100.

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