Fernando Rojas, Head Coach and General Manager of the Tampa Bay Rebels, recently met with Deborah Marrero, Resource Development Director of Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County, to discuss a partnership between the two organizations. Founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live, Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County its homeowners have assisted with building over 140 homes for qualified Hillsborough County residents since 1987, while also providing housing to veterans through their Habitat for Heroes program. While the organization is largely associated with hands-on home-building efforts, Habitat Hillsborough also utilizes ReStore, a retail center that offers a wide variety of new and used building materials at affordable prices that is open to the public, to fund their mission.
On Wednesday, June 13th, Rebels players, coaches, and family members volunteered at ReStore to kick start the partnership between the organizations. Kent Bell, ReStore Retail Director, was in charge of welcoming the Rebels and introducing them to their duties of the day. The players actively participated in recycling, built shelving units for product display, unloaded and stocked new products, and assisted with general cleaning. Coach Rojas commented, “We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to participate with Habitat for Humanity. They fulfill an important job in society. The Tampa Bay Rebels organization is part of the community; our players and coaches live and work in the same community, and we are glad to help make life for others better.”
Please visit www.habitathillsborough.com to learn more about Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County and ways that you can help too!