Rock the Block

Monday, October 19, 2015

Rock the Block

Contributor: Nanci Micke, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at United Way Fox Cities and John Weyenberg, Executive Director of Greater Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity

Have you heard of Rock the Block®? The Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity’s neighborhood revitalization initiative has been making headlines in the Fox Cities for the past several months – and – United Way Fox Cities is excited to announce that we will be supporting their efforts with a $300,000 grant! (Read the announcement in the Post-Crescent.)

The grant will invest in neighborhoods struggling with decreasing property values and an increasing number of rental properties. John Weyenberg, Executive Director of Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity said, “This is a very significant gift for us. It gives us the ability to serve countless number of families throughout the Fox Cities and launch our first Rock the Block® event.”

Habitat will kick off revitalization efforts in its first targeted neighborhood, near the former Pierce Manufacturing site in Appleton, with a Rock the Block® event from September 14 – 19. But, the efforts won’t end there; over the next few years, Habitat will build new homes, rehab and repair homes and help develop neighborhood leaders. The goal of the initiative is to increase property values, maintain home ownership rates and restore pride in ownership.

We are proud to be a part of these efforts! United Way uses the LIFE Study, an in-depth look at the overall quality of life in the Fox Cities, as a key instrument in determining community needs and making investment decisions. The most recent LIFE study emphasized that the condition of housing in established neighborhoods as an area of strong concern. Peter Kelly, President and CEO of United Way Fox Cities said, “Our United Way is committed to improving the lives of struggling low-income families and households and recognizes the importance of having safe stable housing in thriving neighborhoods of the Fox Cities. The formation of this initiative will serve as a valuable resource and will strengthen the support systems available to help a growing number of low-income households to be more self-sufficient.”

Your gift matters. This grant was possible thanks to your ongoing investment in United Way Fox Cities. Together, we can continue to build a stronger, more caring community for everyone. Thank you!