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Los Angeles employees build green in the community

By Peter Scott

PBS staff in Los Angeles
PBS staff in Los Angeles join forces to help the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity. Pictured from left to right: Wayne Huynh, Chris Fitch, Christina Dolan, Fang Vilaylak, Peter Scott, Samantha Singleton, Taniel Baghdikian, Rebecca Martinez, Jennifer Ngo, and Geneva Lee.

Los Angeles PBS associates got “hands-on” with building their community. On Saturday, May 5, 2012, ten employees from the LA Real Estate Acquisition Division and the LA Service Center spent their free time working together to build affordable housing units in Glendale, California.

The project, sponsored by San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity [a nongovernment website] (SGVHFH), was centered around constructing a five-unit townhouse complex. Each completed townhouse is two stories with 1,250 square feet of living space. It is a significant milestone for the non-profit: This is the SGVHFH's first green build. The GSA team spent the day painting, removing an irrigation line, and disassembling scaffolding and work areas. Some of the volunteers were able to work alongside one of the future homeowners.

"It's tough times out there,” said Peter Scott, project manager for GSA. “I should know; I’m coming from having one of those tough times. I'm starting to see some relief. It's important to help those who are still going through it."

The SGVHFH mission is to transform lives and communities by bringing people together to build, renovate and repair affordable homes for families in need.

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