Feb. 13, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland men's soccer program teamed up with Habitat for Humanity last weekend to aid in two projects in Potomac and Shady Grove.
The first project consisted of a deconstruction of a house in Potomac so it can be rebuilt into an updated, safer home. Habitat ReStore (a branch of Habitat that sells new or gently-used donated items at greatly discounted rates for low income families) takes many of the still usable household appliances, tools, and home furnishings that will be replaced and built later and sells them at their ReStore location.
The team took down gutters, deconstructed the household heating system, tore down walls to replace electrical and copper wiring, and tore apart baseboards, crown molding, fireplaces, doors, toilets, while also taking apart and relocating stairwells.
"I felt honored to have the opportunity to go out and work with Habitat for Humanity," freshman goalkeeper and Maryland native Cody Niedermeier said. "I was able to not only build stronger relationships with my teammates but also build a stronger relationship with the community by giving back. It was a moving experience that I look forward to having again in the future."
The team also supported the Home Show at the University of Maryland Shady Grove Campus Saturday. The large event invites all of the local and well-established home improvement suppliers to highlight the new products for the year. Maryland helped with Habitat, which was the welcoming sponsor that handled entrance tickets, donations, and general information for the visitors. In previous years, HGTV has partnered with the home show and invited experts to showcase the new trends hitting the market.
In a spirit of collaboration and fellowship, Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County works with individuals, institutions, faith organizations, businesses, and the Habitat families themselves to build simple, decent, energy efficient, and affordable housing for those living in substandard conditions in our community.