The Rhode Island rowing, women’s cross country, and women’s track and field teams spent a Saturday afternoon in August gutting a home in Matunuck in the name of charity.
The student-athletes and coaches from the three teams worked to remove all of the windows, doors, cabinets, sinks, and other household items at 123 Succotash Road. Homeowners Karen Kames and Chris Gaffney are rebuilding their home, and they agreed to donate the items to South County Habitat for Humanity.
All of the items were taken to the South County Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Charlestown, to be tagged and sold. Proceeds from the sale of the items go directly to funding a Habitat for Humanity project on Old North Road. The home on Old North Road is one of four being built through a project led by the Rev. Lynn Baker-Dooley, wife of URI President David M. Dooley.
The goal is to have one of the homes built entirely by women.
“What’s really cool about this project is that we had a great group of women,” rowing senior Lotte Sherman said. “The fourth Habitat for Humanity house is being built by women for women. The home we were working in is owned by a woman, and the fact [that] we had all these women here helping move the furniture and supplies is great.”