WHITE PLAINS, NY -- In keeping with Stepinac High School’s long tradition of supporting worthy causes, the school’s students recently volunteered their time to help meet the needs of Habitat for Humanity of Westchester and Special Olympics New York (Hudson Valley).
The two significant endeavors also kicked off Stepinac’s ambitious campaigns for the holidays to help the less needy which will include food, coat and toy drives for local churches, non-profit organizations and food pantries in Westchester and the Bronx.
For Habitat for Humanity, Stepinac’s varsity baseball team helped start building a new home for a veteran’s family in Yonkers. The group of 30 athletes dug trenches, built a shed, hung plywood walls and removed debris from the site.
The students also worked at a nearby community park to help create walkways and build gardens. They also undertook a fund raising campaign to help Habitat for Humanity meet its mission of providing safe, quality affordable and green housing for lower-income families and individuals.
Baseball coach Keith Richardson said: "We are especially honored to have participated in a project that will help a veteran’s family, giving the students the opportunity to show their appreciation in a small way to those who serve our country.”
Another contingent of Stepinac students, this time 55 seniors, spent a Saturday in Glen Island Park, New Rochelle to participate in the Seventh Annual Westchester Polar Plunge (Freezin’ for a Reason) to help raise money for the 3,500 Athletes of Special Olympics New York in the Hudson Valley. As a result of their efforts, the seniors raised more than $6,000 that will help provide year-round sports training and athletic competitions for children and adults living with intellectual disabilities.