Home field advantage took on a different meaning thanks to the Metropolitan Community College softball team. Players recently volunteered their time helping Synergy Services’ Youth Resource Center. The group provides long-term housing for at-risk youth and young families who need a helping hand.
The team painted three bedrooms and deep-cleaned an apartment. This is the latest project the team has helped Synergy complete. The softball team has volunteered for several projects since 2016, including helping with Synergy’s new children’s and women’s shelters.
Coach Kary Kankey says it’s great to see the team out in the community making an impact. “Over the years our girls have been enthusiastic about volunteering — seeing them in action and how they take pride in what they are doing to help is amazing to see.”
Sophomore Mariah Gondran said volunteering connects the team with the needs of those outside of MCC.
“I want people to be happy and have the best chance they can to succeed,” Gondran says. Giving Synergy clients “the opportunity to live on their own and get on their feet is a good start to any successful life.”
Kankey says some players return to help Synergy with other projects on their own time.
“Volunteering helps us work and come together as a team while at the same time helping others in our local community.”