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San Francisco: PG&E Supports Habitat at Outside Lands Event

Outside Lands Paint

The Outside Lands concerts were a three-day community event, and those in attendance helped to paint playhouses that will be donated to Habitat to Humanity. (Photos by Amanda Tutera.)

SAN FRANCISCO – It takes a village to do something good for humanity. And it doesn’t hurt when your village includes Stevie Wonder, Metallica and the Foo Fighters.

Those were some of the headliners at the Outside Lands Music Festival over the weekend in Golden Gate Park. But the 65,000 people who attended each day got a chance to do something for others even as they enjoyed the music for themselves.

Concert-goers flocked to PG&E’s exhibit space and picked up hammers and paintbrushes as they constructed two elaborate, fanciful playhouses. They will be donated by Habitat for Humanity to deserving local non-profits.

Since 2007, PG&E’s Solar Habitat program has contributed more than $8 million for nonprofit Habitat for Humanity International to help respond to the housing needs of California communities.

Each playhouse included a scaled mock solar panel reading “Solar Habitat Sponsored by PG&E.” Real Habitat homes in Northern and Central California get real solar panels, courtesy of PG&E.

Outside Lands Doorknob

A young concert-goer checks out a perfectly sized playhouse.

The houses were completed in a matter of hours on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, attendees personalized hundreds of “Welcome Home” cards for Habitat families.

Ranger Dave, Outside Land’s Twitter-master, welcomed PG&E and its Solar Habitat. “3 words,” he tweeted. “Nail. Paint. Fun.”

The playhouse building projects were led by PG&E employees who are Habitat volunteers themselves.

“It’s important that people to see that anyone can contribute to a Habitat build. The only skill you really need is initiative,” said Amanda Tutera, a program manager in PG&E’s community relations department who coordinates the company’s Solar Habitat efforts.

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