MENASHA, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity is a leader in affordable housing solutions and has one of the most robust Rock the Block programs in the country, improving the lives of families in low income housing by repairing deteriorating homes. This initiative takes place in Menasha, Wisconsin and is the largest Rock the Block event in U.S. history.
Rock the Block is in its fifth year in the Fox Cities, but unlike prior years, it will impact 100 homes instead of 25-30. The vision is to transform a significant portion of Menasha by improving neighborhoods and communities on a larger scale.
To remodel 100 homes, $1.2 million is needed. The Rock the Block team is collecting donations, but needs an additional $300,000 before the day of renovations on August 2, 2019. They are also seeking volunteers, especially those in the construction trades.
“We know this is an ambitious goal, but we’re talking about improving the lives of our friends and neighbors,” John Bergstrom, CEO of Bergstrom Automotive and fundraising chairperson, said. “Kids and families in this community deserve better. We’re asking for support; we need funds, as well as volunteers, especially in the construction trades.”
According to data from past Rock the Block events in Menasha, there were measurable decreases in police calls related to drugs, code violations and theft.
“Rock the Block transforms neighborhoods and changes lives,” Chief Timothy Styka, Menasha Police Department, explained. “During the Rock the Block renovation process, neighbors create relationships with each other that didn’t exist previously, resulting in watching out for each other and improving overall crime rates in the area.”
For more information, call Ryan Roth (920) 574-4203 or John Weyenberg at (920) 205-0318 or visit www.foxcitieshabitat.org.
About Rock the Block
Rock the Block is focused on bringing people together to revitalize neighborhoods. The purpose is to get neighbors and the greater community together to improve their city. Research shows that when investments are made into neighborhoods the quality of life improves. To learn more about Rock the Block or to volunteer with Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity, visit www.foxcitieshabitat.org.