Posted on 04 September 2015 by La Habra Journal
By Brianna Flores
La Habra Journal
Church representatives, business owners, non-profit executives and city leaders have teamed together with Love Our Cities to host a city-wide event that expands on La Habra’s motto, “a caring community.” On September 26, residents will have the opportunity to give back to the community by donating three and a half hours of their time to tackle projects around the community. This year’s first Love La Habra event is being financially supported by community donations. “The city has been very generous in terms of buying the materials and supplies for a lot of the projects. Several businesses have donated – that’ll help pay for all the t-shirts. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and the Warehouse Church have also donated a significant amount of money,” Pastor Kurt Fuller said. Those who are interested in participating in the event can visit LoveLaHabra.com for a list of available projects. The website also states whether projects are “family friendly” or “little kid friendly.” “We’re brand new at this,” Fuller explained. “Because it’s new, not a lot of people know about it yet, so we’re not doing the smaller projects yet, we are really focusing on larger projects in the city.” Love La Habra plans to eventually take on smaller projects such as fixing an elderly person’s broken fence. “The beautiful thing about Love La Habra is it’s everyone working together and everyone working together to make our city great. [Our church] is always trying to do one thing, and the non-profit sector another thing, and the government something else. Love La Habra brings all of us together,” Fuller said. The executive board organizing the event wants to attract 1,000 people. At three and a half hours of community service per person, a total of 3,500 hours will be donated to the city. Three things that is being asked of the community is to show up and work on the day of the event, be alert and suggest any possible projects and support Love La Habra by making a monetary or community service donation. On the day of the event, volunteers will meet at Portola Park at 8 a.m. for registration, a t-shirt and a group breakfast. At 9 a.m., helpers will head to their project location and will work until 12:30 p.m. There will be a “Thank You” party following the community service. Free lunch, bounce houses, face painting and live music will be provided to volunteers. Fuller said that the executive board is planning a similar project in April and encourages residents to propose projects and submit them online. Any surplus donations from this event will be applied to that project.
Additional information can be found at LoveLaHabra.com.