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Rock the Block West College Hill: Day-long Event will Beautify Historic Neighborhood Oct. 13

WEST COLLEGE HILL, OH – Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati (HFHGC) has been helping families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter for the last 31 years. On October 13, 2018, Habitat will team up with local organizations to conduct exterior home repairs and a neighborhood clean-up project in the historic West College Hill neighborhood in Springfield Township. 

Rock the Block in West College Hill is Saturday, October 13, from 9 am – 3:30 pm. Rock the Block will feature three Habitat new home build sites, 16 home repair sites, neighborhood clean-up teams, painting and planting at Crutchfield Park, an ArtsConnect project, and several community beautification projects. All are welcome at the kick-off event at 9 am at Crutchfield Park located at 6409 Simpson Ave., West College Hill. Crutchfield Park will also serve as the volunteer communication center for Rock the Block, which will serve the blocks within W. North Bend Rd., Ellen Ln., Northern Ave., and Betts Ave. The event will include a Closing Ceremony from 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm back at Crutchfield Park.

In addition to the exterior home repair sites, all neighbors are encouraged to participate. Rock the Block calls all neighbors, homeowners and renters to be outside together, working in the yard, maintaining their homes, and having fun. In addition to exterior home repair, volunteers will support a neighborhood clean-up and other community projects. Joining with HFHGC are Springfield Township, West College Hill Neighborhood Services, ArtsConnect, and Thrivent Financial. There is still time to sign up to volunteer at Rock the Block.

Rock the Block events serve as an extension of Habitat for Humanity’s neighborhood revitalization efforts in communities where it is actively building. Past events have been held in Newport, Walnut Hills, and Lockland. In West College Hill, Habitat is working in partnership with Hamilton County Planning & Development to build several dozen homes over the new next few years for purchase by low-income, first-time homeowners.

Thrivent Financial will serve as an event sponsor through the Building on Faith program, a collaborative partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati. From September 16, 2018 through October 14, 2018 HFHGC and Thrivent Financial will mobilize Thrivent Network Action Teams and faith partners to participate in build and non-build projects leading up to the Rock the Block event, and in serving as event volunteers on the day of the event.  

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati is a non-profit Christian housing ministry that seeks to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. Since 1986, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati has built, renovated, or repaired more than 620 homes throughout a nine-county region including Hamilton, Butler, Clermont and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn and Ohio counties in Indiana. It has also contributed to building more than 1,000 homes globally in Armenia, Cambodia, El Salvador, and Kenya. Habitat is dedicated both locally and globally to construct, rehabilitate and preserve homes; advocate for fair and just housing policies; and provide training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. 

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