On three separate occasions, most recently Nov. 10, the SUNY Oneonta men’s lacrosse team worked side-by-side with local volunteers to help Habitat for Humanity in West Oneonta. The organization is in the midst of building nine Habitat Partner Family homes.
The current project is located on Route 205 North in the Town of Oneonta. The land that the project is being built on is part of McFarland Meadows, which is land that was donated to HFHOC by an anonymous donor.
During the days that the team has been helping, they have been involved in all aspects of the actual construction of the first house being built on the property. The team was broken into groups of five for each day and they were busy working on roofing, window installation and other general construction tasks. Several of the players had experience working summer jobs in construction and never thought that those skills would come in handy right here in Oneonta supporting the less fortunate.
Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Pete Owens reached out to the organization of which he has been active with for quite some time when he was coaching in Maryland. Coach Owens pressed himself and the team into action to support the organization’s mission right here in Oneonta. The team quickly and willingly put all hands on deck to help and at the same time support Community Partnership, which is one of the missions of SUNY Oneonta.
“Service is important to us,” said Owens. “We want to give our guys these kinds of opportunities. Frankly, we didn’t have to twist anyone’s arm to come out on a Saturday morning; they have been and will continue to look forward to coming out and helping on this project and future projects.”
HFHOC Volunteer Coordinator Marjorie Pietraface stated, “The importance of volunteers willing to come out and swing a hammer cannot be understated. They are the lifeblood of HFHOC. Having representatives of the Men’s Lacrosse team at the work site was great. They were a tremendous help each and every day on the site in not the best weather conditions.”