Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is an affordable home ownership program that serves families and individuals earning 30-80% of the median family income. Cost burden and overcrowding are the most serious problems experienced by very low-income area Southern California residents. Working with volunteers, families and individuals, corporations, congregations and donors, Habitat is dedicated to making home ownership possible for low-income, hardworking families and individuals.


We’re moving closer than ever to our fundraising goal and the ground breaking of Patience House! – Jill Obery Dodd

Jazz Concert

May 20, 7-9 p.m. at the Venice Japanese Community Center 12448 Braddock Drive, LA 90066

The Westside Church Coalition invites everyone to Jazz for Friends – Help Build a House and Hope for a concert sponsored by Westlight Church, part of our coalition. The show will feature WOW:Women of Westlight, a singing group. Suggested donation is $20 (refreshments included) with proceeds going directly to our Coalition house. Email Lori Tamura at ltamura@westlight.org to reserve your ticket or pick up at the door. Checks can be made out to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles.

Online Silent Auction

Open June 15 to June 26

Then, check out the website Bidding for Good www.biddingforgood.com/westsidechurchcoalition for our Silent Auction from June 15-26. We have less than $10,000 to raise toward our $150,000 goal! We’re also on track to begin volunteer sign ups in June, so stay tuned. Thank you everyone!!

by Jill Obery Dodd
Good things are happening with our Coalition progress! We are nearing our fundraising goal with over $130,000 turned in to Habitat from all church partners. Remaining to raise is a little under $17,000. This is exciting news and we thank everyone who has been a part of getting the project to this point. As we close the fundraising gap, we’ll begin to talk more about volunteer build opportunities at our monthly meetings. Additionally, the Habitat Homeowner meetings in January were well attended garnering many applications. Finally, look for the special Habitat for Humanity LA Lenten Devotional Calendar which you can pick up at the Sunday Welcome Table, and the Hospitality Table. This is a great way to combine support for Habitat Culver City with your Lenten spiritual practice.



Click on calendar to download


First UMC is excited to join in a coalition of Methodist Westside churches, to fund and build a home in Culver City for a family in need. The coalition’s fundraising goal is $150,000 for all churches combined, with $113,000 already raised (as of December 6.) Once the money has been raised, building will begin and will be staffed by volunteers from the coalition churches.

While we build and repair homes nationally and internationally through our Haiti and Youth Service Project efforts, Habitat for Humanity gives us a chance to do something in our own backyard. Habitat is also an opportunity to share the good news with a friend who may feel uncomfortable coming to a traditional church event or worship gathering. Also, Habitat homes are well constructed and give us a tangible way to be of service.

Donate to the First UMC Habitat for Humanity effort HERE  (select Habitat for Humanity from the drop down menu),
or you may bring a check to the church office or during worship with Habitat for Humanity written in the memo line.


  • Rev. Robert English discusses Habitat for Humanity on the radio show “Spotlight on Community,” hosted by Terri-Rae Elmer. Listen to the show here.