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10/31/2005 2:03 PM ET
Volunteers of America and Major League Baseball players team up to help hurricane victims in Alabama and Mississippi

BAYOU LA BATRE, ALABAMA -- The Major League Baseball Players Trust and Major League Baseball players today joined forces with Volunteers of America to help hurricane victims in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, and Gulfport, Mississippi. Pitchers LaTroy Hawkins of the San Francisco Giants and J. C. Romero of the Minnesota Twins distributed food and other supplies in Bayou La Batre and Gulfport with the goal of inspiring others to help the hurricane victims by volunteering or donating food or other needed items.

"Volunteers of America is proud to partner with the Major League Baseball Players Trust to help rebuild the lives of hurricane victims in Bayou La Batre and Gulfport," said National President of Volunteers of America Charles Gould. "We are fortunate to have the Players Trust on our team."

With the conclusion of the baseball season, Major League baseball players have pledged to help Volunteers of America with its long-term goal of rebuilding the hurricane ravaged communities in Alabama and Mississippi. The players worked at Volunteers of America's "Love In Deed" warehouse that has served more than 50,000 hurricane victims in Alabama and Mississippi, donated sports equipment to a high school in Bayou La Batre, distributed food and other supplies to families and individuals affected by the hurricane, and helped rebuild a home. Matt Lawton, right fielder for the New York Yankees, joined Hawkins and Romero for a tour of Volunteers of America's mobile medical clinic in Gulfport that has served over 9,000 hurricane victims, many of whom are children.

"Major Leaguers have a tremendous amount of respect for the work Volunteers of America has done, not only in getting aid to the neediest of the needy affected by Katrina, but for the great work and services they provide all across the country every single day," said Hawkins. "We encourage others to follow their lead and get involved. Having seen the damage and destruction, I know that the need is not going to disappear overnight. These people will need our continued support for quite some time."

The Major League Baseball Players Trust partnered with Volunteers of America in 2002 to promote the nurturing and well-being of America's children and their families. The partnership features the personal involvement of Major League baseball players and their families with a variety of programs conducted by Volunteers of America's local offices throughout the United States. For more information about the Major League Baseball Players Trust, visit www.MLBPLAYERS.com.

Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, spiritually based organization providing local human service programs and opportunities for individual and community involvement. It is one of the largest nonprofit providers of quality affordable housing and last year served nearly 2 million people in need. Volunteers of America nurtures, supports and uplifts the human spirit-working with children and youth, the elderly, homeless individuals and families, and others to empower them in reaching their full potential. For more information about Volunteers of America, visit www.VolunteersofAmerica.org.