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05/10/2007 3:45 PM ET
LaTroy Hawkins, Zach McClellan and the Denver Action Team go to bat for the Homeless in Denver

DENVER -- LaTroy Hawkins and Zach McClellan of the Colorado Rockies teamed up today with high school students from the Denver Action Team youth volunteer corps to highlight the plight of the homeless in Denver. The baseball players joined local high school students who are members of the Denver Action Team to paint rooms at Volunteers of America’s Family Motel for the homeless and encouraged Denver youth to get involved in their community by volunteering. Volunteers of America’s Family Motel houses more than 100 homeless individuals, including children, and is one of many Volunteers of America programs that address the more than 4,000 men, women and children who are homeless in the metro Denver area on any given night.

"It was quite an honor to work along side members of the Denver Action Team," said Hawkins. "The Denver Action Team Captains are doing a tremendous job of raising the awareness of important causes affecting the area's needy and inspiring their peers to get actively involved by helping our neighbors in need. Major Leaguers are very proud of the work Action Team Captains from across the country are doing to help inspire and train the next generation of volunteers."

Administered by Volunteers of America and the Major League Baseball Players Trust, the Action Team program was created to encourage young people throughout the United States to volunteer in their communities. Action Teams, consisting of Major League baseball players and area high school student Team Captains, are working together in Denver, Boston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York City, Oakland, Philadelphia, Portland (Maine), San Francisco and Seattle. Volunteers of America and the Major League Baseball Players Trust are planning to expand the Action Team program to Cincinnati, Houston, Indianapolis and Mobile during the 2007-08 school year. To date, Action Teams across the country have inspired more than 9,000 high school students to help more than 38,000 people in need by volunteering in their communities.

An Action Team-related, school-based curriculum developed in partnership with The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition carries the message of volunteerism and teaches valuable community service skills to 700,000 high school students in more than 5,000 classrooms across the United States.

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 throughout the United States. Also, together they administer the Action Team, a national youth volunteer initiative currently inspiring the next generation of volunteers in Boston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York City, Oakland, Philadelphia, Portland (ME), San Francisco and Seattle. For more information about the Major League Baseball Players Trust, visit http://www.MLBPLAYERS.com.

Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Through thousands of human service programs, including housing and healthcare, Volunteers of America helps nearly 2 million people in over 400 communities. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including at-risk youth, the frail elderly, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions. Our work touches the mind, body, heart-and ultimately the spirit-of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services. For more information about Volunteers of America, visit www.VolunteersofAmerica.org.