Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Learn about volunteer opportunities with HGTV

To celebrate the launch of its new community revitalization and environmental awareness campaign, Change The World. Start At Home, HGTV will present a special week of programming that emphasizes the power of volunteerism and every person's ability to make a difference in their own neighborhood. Beginning Monday, November 12 through Sunday, November 18, HGTV will air new episodes of Color Splash, Spice Up My Kitchen, Design on a Dime, Carter Can, Divine Design and Hidden Potential that feature heartwarming room makeovers for people who need a helping hand.
A special episode of Over Your Head, featuring volunteers from the national organization Rebuilding Together, will focus on the incredible transformation of the teen center in the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley in Canoga Park, California, a site that was renovated to jump-start the initiative's bold goal to complete 15 projects in 5 cities during Change the World Week, April 26 through May 4, 2008.
In addition to the week-long programming event, HGTV will ask viewers to visit http://www.hgtv.com/changetheworld to learn more about local volunteer opportunities and to vote for revitalization projects in their favorite city. The five cities that are selected by online users will receive a grant from HGTV to help with ongoing volunteer work to renovate the homes, educational facilities and public green spaces.
Throughout the week, viewers will become increasingly inspired and empowered as they watch their favorite HGTV hosts transform a variety of spaces. The episodes will include everything from complete room remodels to suit children with special needs to an incredible activity room makeover designed for single-parent families and a long overdue upgrade for a busy kitchen that provides meals for 300 people in need every month. The personal stories in each episode will offer hope and inspiration for viewers who want to do their part to change the world.
"HGTV's Change the World. Start at Home campaign seeks to encourage viewers to take action and explore volunteer opportunities in their local communities," said Michael Dingley, senior vice president, programming. "These special episodes highlight the power of volunteerism and speak to what home is all about - our neighborhoods, communities, workplaces and shared spaces."

Change The World. Start At Home Programming Schedule

Color Splash
Airs: Monday, November 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Seven year old Hayden Pheif, who suffers from a rare disease that turns traumatized muscle into bone, gets the surprise of his life when designer David Bromstad and his Color Splash team transform his bedroom into a Star Wars© spaceship. David will create a room that is safe and fun for Hayden, including amazing artwork, a new bed and other accessories to accommodate his needs. The results--and Hayden's reaction--are out of this world.

Spice Up My Kitchen
Airs: Tuesday, November 13 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT
Philadelphia residents Levette Humphrey and Sandy Danzy run a non-profit food organization called "Take It To The Streets Food Ministry" that feeds 300 people in need each month. Levette started the organization with funds she saved from her welfare money and a part-time job. The actual cooking takes place in Sandy's small kitchen, despite limited countertop space, a very old stove and no place to store food. In this special episode of Spice Up My Kitchen, viewers will witness the miraculous kitchen upgrade and transformation that will help the duo continue the charitable work they love.

Design on a Dime
Airs: Wednesday, November 14 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT
In this heartwarming episode of Design on a Dime, viewers will meet the Walsh family, who want to create a space that everyone can enjoy together. The new space also must accommodate the special needs of 4-year old son, Colin, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. Designer Frank Fontana comes up with a whimsical and practical design plan for an area the whole family will love and that allows space for Colin to do his therapy. With a $4,000 budget and the help of the Design on a Dime team, the new space will provide a great new place for the family to spend time together.

Carter Can
Airs: Thursday, November 15 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT
Viewers will join host Carter Oosterhouse as he, his crew and volunteers from Rebuilding Together join forces to help a young single mother, Amber Shearer, makeover a family room. Amber, along with 93 other single parent families, resides at a transitional housing facility in downtown Denver, Co. With Carter's expertise and the might of many helping hands, the remodel of the facility's activity room will get underway.

Divine Design
Airs: Thursday, November 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Candice Olson makes a dream come true for one special girl and her family. Although 9-year old Danielle is a typical kid who loves television, collecting toys and playing with friends, she also struggles with a life-threatening illness. With help from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Danielle's request for a dream bedroom makeover will become a reality when Candice arrives with her amazing design plan. Viewers will see Candice and her team of experts as they surprise the whole family with the new bedroom that has been on the top of Danielle's wish list.

Over Your Head
Airs: Saturday, November 17 at 11 a.m. ET/PT
In this special episode of Over Your Head, host and expert Eric Stromer and his team of carpenters and contractors and volunteers from Rebuilding Together pull out all the stops to help transform the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley in Canoga Park, Ca. The building, which was a crumbling 50-year old former mortuary, is in need of extensive repairs and renovation. Viewers will see the fantastic and long overdue makeover for the after-school teen program area, a place where local teens can learn and have fun in a comfortable and safe environment.

Hidden Potential
Airs: Sunday, November 18 at 12:30 p.m. ET/PT
Homeowners Nick and Amy Tarabokia have been hard at work remodeling their home from top to bottom. Although the couple has completed most of the renovations, their work came to a halt when their 5-year old son Nicholas was diagnosed with Leukemia. Now, with help from Hidden Potential, the family will get great renovation ideas for their home from host and architect Barry Wood and practical real estate advice from expert Brandie Malay.

About HGTV
HGTV, America's leader in home and lifestyle programming, is distributed to more than 93 million U.S. households and is one of cable's top-rated networks. HGTV's website, http://www.HGTV.com is the nation's leading online home and garden destination that attracts an average of 5.4 million unique visitors per month. HGTV owns 33 percent of HGTV Canada and provides much of the Canadian network's daily programming. The network's branded programming also can be seen in 124 territories across all seven continents and its selected programming is available to service men and women on board Navy ships and through American Forces Radio & Television Service (AFRTS) which services more than 1,000 outlets in over 175 countries. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville and New York, HGTV is wholly owned by The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE:SSP), which also operates Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living and Great American Country

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