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Around The Fleet

LA Fleet Week: Habitat for Humanity

Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen participated in a Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) project in Long Beach, California during Los Angeles Fleet Week 2017.

The community relations event was one of 50 volunteer opportunities were scheduled to give service members an opportunity to engage with and give back to the greater Los Angeles community.

"We're absolutely honored to have the servicemen that we have volunteering today working alongside our Habitat LA staff members as well as our long-time volunteers," said Helen Dosta, Habitat LA director of development. "This is our Henderson Avenue project. We just started this project in June and we're looking to complete it October 2018."

A non-profit focused on building affordable homes for families in need, Habitat for Humanity includes 1,600 affiliates in the U.S. and 300 affiliates in 79 nations. Worldwide every 45 minutes around the clock another house is completed by Habitat.
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It was eye-opening for service members who participated in the project. Many were junior in rank and it was their first opportunity to serve their country in a new way.

"We got to learn a lot about the different programs they have. I think it's especially helpful for the younger Marines," said Staff Sgt. Daniel Gallagher. "They get a different taste of what being in the military is about. Coming out here and getting to explain what we do and getting feedback from civilians is good."

LA Fleet Week is an opportunity for the American public to meet its Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard team and experience America's sea services. During Fleet Week, service members participated in various community service events, showcased capabilities and equipment to the community, and enjoyed the hospitality of Los Angeles and surrounding areas had to offer.