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By Elizabeth Real                        Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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October 11, 2015                     
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Habitat for Humanity volunteers
             Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity volunteers work on a house
in East Palo Alto during a Building Blocks:EPA event


Habitat for Humanity is known for building homes, but did you know that the organization also helps maintain homes? Over three days in September, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco held a Building Blocks: EPA event that helped five East Palo Alto families along Terra Villa Street and Brentwood Court make needed repairs to their homes.

Hundreds of volunteers repaired fences, did landscaping and made exterior repairs on the five family homes from September 23 to September 25.

The Building Blocks: EPA event in East Palo Alto was not a first for the organization, since Habitat for Humanity has helped to build or renovate 38 homes in East Palo Alto over the past 26 years.

Kristine Leja, interim CEO and Chief Development Officer of Habitat Greater San Francisco, explained that the five homeowners, whose houses received repairs this year, were chosen because they have owned their homes for many years, but they were unable to afford the repairs.

Canopy helped by planting trees along the street.

On the third day of the event, the volunteers celebrated their hard work with a block party that was held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in East Palo Alto. Those who attended enjoyed plenty of food and were even offered free salsa dancing lessons!

Anyone looking to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco can contact the Volunteer Services Team at volunteer@habitatGSF.org.    
Those looking to volunteer with Canopy can visit canopy.org.

Elizabeth Real the author of this article can be reached by email at epatoday@epatoday.org