The Los Angeles Rams staff worked with Habitat for Humanity to help build benches and work on home construction.
For the Rams' October Staff Day of Service, members of the organization teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and Ventura County to build and paint benches and provide assistance in early stages of housing construction.
At Court Park in Playa Vista, Rams staff worked alongside Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles to build and decorate worksite benches from scratch to be used at the Habitat worksites throughout the region. Volunteers worked in stations such as sawing, sanding, drilling, assembling, and painting, while a few staffers added the final Rams-themed touches on the blue, white and throwback yellow benches.
"Habitat for Humanity is really excited to partner with the LA Rams," said Erin Rank, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles. "These benches are going to be really helpful on our worksites because we need places for our volunteers to sit and to have lunch. But not only that, these benches help us as we're building. They'll be really helpful in the construction process and also when we have more than 25 volunteers at a time on our site, we need to rent benches and tables. So this is going to be a big cost savings for us."
In Oxnard, team representatives worked closely with Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County to help with the initial stages of construction for houses that six low-income families will eventually call home. Onsite to support and assist the Rams staff efforts were wives and significant others of Rams players and coaches.
"The Home Build in Oxnard was another opportunity for our organization to reach out to our extended LA community and come together, serve, and give back in a tangible way," said Rams Community Outreach Representative David Weingarten. "We will one day look back on this lot once the homes are completed and know we played foundational roles in what will eventually become home for six families."
The project was part of the Rams' monthly Day of Service initiative. Each month, the Rams front office staff takes time out of the office to volunteer with local non-profits. During the team's first year back home in Los Angeles, Rams employees provided more than 2,000 hours of community service and impacted 10 local non-profits and 19 schools through the Day of Service. Since January of 2017, the team has volunteered with eight local non-profits and 25 schools through the Day of Service program.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County partner with people in their surrounding communities, and all over the world, to help build or improve a place they call home. Habitat is currently working in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in approximately 70 countries. Since its inception, the program has helped nearly 9.8 million people achieve strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter.