Leaves on your lawn? Basement flooded? Need something fixed?
Have no fear. Members of the Montgomery High School baseball team are ready and willing to help.
The Cougars recently began a new initiative in town, offering their services to complete odd jobs in the community.
They are hoping to raise money to make improvements and spruce up their field at the high school, said Gary Brune, president of the Diamond Club, the fund-raising arm of the team.
The team has recently replaced the backstop behind home plate, added a new infield and improved an outfield fence. The team hopes to re-sod the field and improve the batting cages in the near future.
Brune said he recognizes that the school district budget is tight and has worked to come up with other unique ways of fund-raising.
The idea for the project came from nearby Hillsborough High School’s Rent-A-Raider program, Brune said. The Cougar’s are calling their version of community handiwork “Leaf the Raking to Us.”
So far, the team has already made an impression on one local woman, who needed help after Hurricane Irene rolled through last month.
“We responded to one woman in town whose basement was completely flooded. It took three or four days to clean up. We took the old furniture out and put the new furniture in and took everything to the dump,” Brune said.
Players have also heeded the call of another woman in the community who needed some furniture moved.
Forty-five students are currently on the roster, which includes sophomores, juniors and seniors. For Brune and the players, it’s not just about making money to fix the field.
“A couple of the guys I’ve talked to … they have a sense of accomplishment and get some satisfaction from being able to help others,” Brune said. “A lot of the fund-raising is parent-driven. This gives the players a chance to take ownership. They can step up and do community service.”
If you are interested in having players rake you lawn, you only need to supply the leaf bags. Players will come with rakes.
Other chores may include stacking firewood, rearranging furniture, and other miscellaneous yard work. The team will not perform a job involving a ladder, roof work, heavy lifting or power tools.
A donation of $10 per player, per hour is requested in the form of a check issued to Montgomery High School Baseball Diamond Club.
To sign up using the online form, please visit www.mhscougarbaseball.com or call 609-497-9108.