The Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity is holding the nation’s largest Rock the Block event as the nonprofit looks to transform 100 homes in Menasha.
To renovate 100 homes, $1.2 million is needed. John Bergstrom, CEO of Bergstrom Corp. and leader of the event’s fundraising efforts, said another $300,000 is needed before the Aug. 2 start date to make the project possible. Volunteers also are needed for the project.
“We know this is an ambitious goal, but we are talking about literally improving the lives of our friends and neighbors,” Bergstrom said. “Kids in this community deserve better, families deserve better and we can be the change that lifts up our entire community. We are asking for the community’s support to make this happen, we need funds as well as volunteers, especially in the construction trades.”
This is the fifth year that Rock the Block has been done in the Fox Cities, but unlike prior years when only 25 to 30 homes were worked on, Habitat for Humanity leaders decided to increase that number to 100. The vision is to transform a significant portion of Menasha by improving neighborhoods and engaging communities on a larger scale.
The Menasha School Joint District has the highest percentage of youth living below poverty in the Fox Cities, coming in at 57 percent of its school population. Rock the Block aims to help families and youth improve their quality of life and it’s all done through donated dollars and volunteers.
To learn more about Rock the Block, visit www.foxcitieshabitat.org.