Players, Coaches, and Alumni of University of South Florida Football Team are set to volunteer on McCammon family Habitat home.
Pinellas Park, FL – University of South Florida Athletics Department is providing hands on opportunities for team members to give back to the community. The partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties will bring coaches, players, and alumni from the University’s football program together to volunteer on build sites in Pinellas Park.
USF Football Build Day
Tuesday, October 5th 9am – 11am
Tellor Estates Neighborhood
6231 67th Way N, Pinellas Park, FL (behind Carmelita’s on 66th St N)
One volunteer home site includes that of Habitat’s homeowner partner family, the McCammons. “What volunteers are doing for families such as ours, will never be forgotten. With this house, my kids will finally feel secure and have a place to call home,” said Sherri McCammon, mother of five. The family’s home is to be dedicated later this month.
Two weeks prior, the Bull’s basketball program completed exterior painting in Tellor Estates on the Thompson family home, sponsored by Fishman Family Foundation. Habitat sponsor and USF Alum Jeffrey Fishman made the connection with the team, making a great partnership between the two organizations. “Given the fact that we’re in a pandemic, the team hasn’t been able to do any kind of community service, which is important to USF athletes to give them a realistic picture of the community. Volunteering with Habitat and being outside on the build sites is a great opportunity to get the team out in the community, so I was happy to help make the connection”, said Fishman.
“The opportunity for us to partner with University of South Florida Athletics, and have volunteer efforts for a number of Habitat homes, just means that more families will be closer to the end goal of receiving their keys,” said Mike Sutton, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity and USF Alum. “We thank the Athletic Department, players and Jeffrey Fishman of Investors Title and Fishman Family Foundation, for this partnership to build more affordable homes in our community.”
Volunteers from the football team will be on multiple sites in Tellor Estates. Soon to be home to 75 families, Tellor Estates is the affiliate’s largest development to date. USF student athletes will be completing projects such as landscaping, painting, installing hurricane shutters, and revamping the neighborhood.
Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County and West Pasco Counties
Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties has served over 900 families and individuals through its new home buyer and neighborhood revitalization programs using locally raised funds. Volunteers and the future homeowners construct the homes, which are sold at no profit and financed with a zero-interest loan. Habitat homeowner candidates earn 30 to 80 percent of area median income. Candidates must demonstrate need for adequate shelter; ability to pay back a zero-interest loan and willingness to partner with Habitat to invest 350 to 450 “sweat equity” hours. Mortgage monies are used to build even more homes, making each donation to Habitat a perpetual legacy to the community. Habitat believes that homeownership contributes to family stability, leading, in turn, to community stability. Additionally, the affiliate raises funds through their two ReStores; home improvement outlets where donated household and building items are sold to the public. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties, call (727) 536-4755 or visit www.habitatpwp.org.