By Ben Baker
On Sunday, 11/15/15, four student chapters met for a casual, low-key day of concrete canoe races and general ASCE fun. UCLA, USC, Cal State Long Beach, and Cal Poly Pomona met at Mother’s Beach, Long Beach, around the corner from where the 2016 Pacific Southwest Regional Conference will be held.
The morning began with concrete canoe races. There were sandwiches and chips for lunch. Students engaged in beach volleyball and ultimate Frisbee.
The event was self-organized by the students, but LA YMF showed up to show our support. We organized an impromptu event that was revealed in the afternoon when the students who wanted to participate had assembled. The challenge was to build the tallest tower possible out of straws and Scotch tape in the sand on a windy day in fifteen minutes that could hold an egg. Many of the straw buildings showed ingenuity and creativity, but only a few rose waist-high. A team from UCLA ended up with the tallest tower.
All in all, the day was good preparation for the real conference coming up next year that will be hosted by Cal State Long Beach.
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 http://www.sgvhabitat.org/ and make sure to visit our website, mlab-ymf.org, or join our mailing list to sign up for our next event.