Los Angeles is a beautiful but challenging city. It’s always sunny but you spend most of your life stuck in traffic. Housing is becoming increasingly unaffordable and home ownership is almost completely out of the question for most Angelenos. While I may feel despair about rents constantly increasing, there are many others that are facing immediate hardship and danger every single day. Did you know that in Los Angeles county there are more than 44,000 homeless people? That is nearly double the population of my hometown. Wow.
So rather than sitting on my butt complaining about my problems, I want to put that energy to good use and to go out in the community to help others. Throughout the year I’ve been seeking out different volunteer opportunities. Earlier in the year I spent some time helping out at the Downtown Women’s Center and this morning I volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Torrance.
Habitat for Humanity, which I’m sure most of you know, helps to build and repair housing for those in need of safe homes. The ReStore is a really awesome place. Individuals and contractors alike can donate furniture, house goods, and building supplies. The store in Torrance is quite large and is filled with some of the coolest treasures. I partnered up with another volunteer who said that she has seen some of the most unique pieces come through the show room.
There are five ReStore locations in Los Angeles. I highly recommend checking them out if you’re looking for new-to-you furniture. If you’re interested in volunteering, the Habitat for Humanity website makes it really easy to sign up.