NEW ROCHELLE, NY - On Saturday, May 31, coaches and administrators from the Iona College Athletics Department volunteered with Habitat for Humanity of Westchester to help with the construction of a house in nearby Yonkers.
During the day, the group handled tasks such as installing sheetrock drywall, painting the exterior of the house and landscaping of the house's surroundings. Additionally, a group went to Mount Vernon to help with the planting and moving of greenery.
The house the team worked on is being built to help veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan become homeowners. In Westchester, the median price of a single-family home is among the highest in the nation. Throughout the country, as troops return home from the Middle East, Habitat is focusing on ways to help.
Now in its 25th year, Habitat for Humanity of Westchester has completed over 50 homes in Greenburgh, Mamaroneck, Mount Vernon, Ossining, Port Chester, White Plains, Yonkers, Larchmont, Bedford, Peekskill, New Rochelle and Yorktown. Habitat for Humanity of Westchester has mucked and gutted over 800 homes post Hurricane Sandy.
Habitat has worked on multiple initiatives, focusing on building homes for veterans and supporting green building. Habitat also works to build community gardens and planters up in low-income neighborhoods, which helps increase green space and reduce crime.
They also sponsor a program called "Brush With Kindness" that helps renovate the homes of elderly veterans. Just last week Habitat was able to move a 99 year old World War II veteran into a new apartment, helping to change his life for the better.
Habitat, in honor or its 25th anniversary of sports teams assisting their cause, will be holding an athletic banquet kickoff in the fall, inviting all sports teams to be part of the solution of creating affordable home ownership in Westchester County.