The Home Depot donates $7,000 in materials, volunteers to Little League

When employees at The Home Depot heard about the plight of the Taylor North Central Little League, they were quick to step up to the plate and provide help.

The Little League’s concession stand was damaged by severe flooding discovered in February – just two months before opening day of the 2007 season.

The Home Depot responded by donating $7,000 in materials to help rebuild the concession stand and part of the press box.

And, starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, the firm will have volunteers on site to help league officials paint the revitalized facilities on Pardee Road at Newcastle Street, just north of Ecorse Road.

“Home Depot stepped up,” said Ron Zaborowski, president of Taylor North Central. “They got it approved real fast and have been so great to us. It’s unbelievable how much help we’ve gotten from them. I can’t put into words what they’ve done for us.”

The flood – caused by a burst pipe – was discovered after the snow and ice thawed. Flood water soaked the concession stand, creeping under the subfloor and causing the facility to be a total loss.

The Home Depot associates visited the Taylor North Central complex.  Soon after, the company donated wood, commercial interior wall systems, cabinets, paint, materials to repair fencing and other equipment.

“Home Depot has just been a godsend,” Zaborowski said. “Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to do anything with the concession stand this year. That helps bring in money to help support the league.”

The City of Taylor provided concrete to allow volunteers to lay three inches of new flooring. Carpenters associated with the league donated countless hours of their time, gutting the inside of the concession stand and rebuilding the facility. Zaborowski said the league volunteers included Terry and Dale Smith, Tim and Brad Nester, Paul Serafin and Steve Louzon.

Zaborowski thanked the volunteers, Taylor Mayor Cameron G. Priebe and Joe Nardone and Dennis McDermott, both from the Taylor Department of Golf, Parks and Recreation.

Nardone, who is executive director of golf, parks and recreation, said: “The Little Leagues and their volunteers – whether it be coaches, parents or management of the organization – they’re the ones who deserve all the credit for doing all the things for the children of the community. The city is blessed to have volunteers in all four Little Leagues. The city just uses its expertise and experience to help facilitate the process.”

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer and has two stores in Taylor.

Julie Giattino, manager of The Home Depot at Telegraph and Goddard roads, said store associates are looking forward to painting at the Little League facility.

“Every Home Depot store has a Team Depot volunteer program,” Giattino said. “As part of the program, each store works with our local partners to identify and assist with projects that meet the local needs of the community. We think this field refurbishment is a valuable project for the community and wanted to help out.

“An important part of the fabric of The Home Depot is giving our time, talents, energy and resources to worthwhile causes in our communities and society. Our programs bring together volunteerism, do-it-yourself expertise, product donations and monetary grants to meet critical needs right here in our back yard.”

League President Zaborowski said Home Depot representatives will be invited to opening ceremonies at the ballfields on April 28.

 “It’s all for the kids,” Zaborowski said. “They benefit the most from this.”

Tony Chadwick of Home Depot (left) and Chris Allen of Glidden Paint reach the high spots on the Taylor North Central Little League press box.

Home Depot store Manager Julie Giattano (left) leads co-workers Jenny Wood and Joe Schulte and Taylor North Central Little League President Ron Zaborowski in painting the press box at the league site.

Volunteers from The Home Depot store on Telegraph Road in Taylor join other volunteers during a major painting project at the Taylor North Central Little League. The painters are Chris Allen (left) of Glidden Paint, Home Depot employees Joe Schulte, Jenny Wood, Tony Chadwick and (store manager) Julie Giattano, plus league President Ron Zaborowski. After league officials discovered flooding had ruined their concession stand, Home Depot donated $7,000 in supplies to rebuild the concession stand and part of the press box. The painting by volunteers took place last week. Opening day was Saturday.