LA YMF Builds with Habitat for Humanity

By Kaitlin Hannon 

On Saturday, October 24, ASCE LA YMF teamed up with San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity to work on the Chestnut Homes Build. This build involves constructing three new homes on one 7,000 square foot lot in Glendale, CA. Each home will go to a well deserving, low-income, first time homebuyer family. The homes are each three stories and will have three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and a two-car garage.

ASCE LA YMF first volunteered at the Chestnut Homes Build in September of 2014. At that time, they worked on framing the very first unit. This time around, all three units were fully framed, and the volunteers spent their day making sure the homes were properly insulated.  Some of the team members used spray foam insulation to fill in tricky holes and areas around pipes and cables. The rest of the team members used fiberglass insulation to fill in the areas around the windows and doors. Crew members would walk around each home with the volunteers to provide quality control and to check the progress.

Building these homes is definitely not an easy process, as it is all done by manpower and mostly donated time and supplies, but the Habitat team encouraged the volunteers to jump right in. LA YMF enjoyed seeing what progress has been made in the past year, and the group is looking forward to volunteering at this site again and future habitat builds in the coming years.

For more information on volunteering with San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity, visit and make sure to visit our website,, or join our mailing list to sign up for our next event.