SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – From running yards to fixing yards: Western New England University football players helped revitalize the homes of two elderly widows in Springfield.
Close to 100 volunteers were weed-whacking, mowing the lawn, and removing yard equipment and toys at 836 Wilbraham Road. The homeowner, Rhodlyn Thomas, was humbled by the volunteer efforts of these young people. Her late husband was a US Army veteran.
The volunteers helped through Revitalize CDC, formerly Rebuilding Together Springfield. They worked from 9:00 Monday morning to 1:00 Monday afternoon, clearing brush and debris, and said they look forward to helping the community.
“It’s important to play football and have everybody come as a whole to see football games, but to help out in the community that we play in is important as well,” WNE football player Mohammed Camara said.
“It’s a lot of hard work, and we all come together to do our little part to get it all done and do a good job,” WNE captain Isaiah Berrios said.
Volunteers also worked clearing the yard at 156 Gardens Drive in Springfield, the home of another widow of a veteran. This volunteer program is now in its 100th year.