Friday, September 13, 2013

Cruise Industry Employees Help Build LA Area Home

About 100 cruise industry workers volunteered with Habitat for Humanity on Sept. 11 to build a house for a veteran in the greater Los Angeles County area.

Volunteers from three cruise lines – Princess Cruises, Cunard Line and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises – joined the “Habitat for Heroes” initiative, which was created by Habitat for Humanity’s San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valley chapter and the California Department of Veterans Affairs to help build houses for low-income veteran families.

During their day as volunteers, the cruise line employees helped with the framing, insulation and construction of a new house in the Sylmar neighborhood, located in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles.

“We’re proud that members of our industry took a day out of the office to help a local veteran's family, which truly exemplifies the spirit of the National Day of Service,” Christine Duffy, President and CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association, said the day of the event. “Volunteer events like today’s are just one example of how the cruise industry gives back to worthy organizations in the ports where ships visit and the communities where employees live and work.”