By Mandy Gambrell Staff Writer


Rock the block event in West College Hill, Cincinnati. Credit: Habitat for Humanity


FAIRFIELD TWP. — Butler Countians are asked to volunteer to help revitalize an area of Fairfield Township that has homeowners who need the assistance.
Habitat for Humanity is hosting a “Rock the Block” event in the Five Points area (some think that’s Hamilton, but it’s really the township) during which volunteers will help do minor home exterior repairs such as painting and landscaping. They will also pick up trash in the area’s neighborhoods.
Habitat for Humanity is actively building homes in Five Points, said Beth Benson, Habitat’s vice president of development and communications.
The April 13 event is expected to include people from all over the region, and the residents there, too.


Rock the block event in West College Hill, Cincinnati. Credit: Habitat for Humanity

Encourages all neighbors

“Rock the Block encourages all neighbors, homeowners, and renters to be outside together, working in the yard, maintaining their homes and having fun,” Benson said.
The one-day activity is expected to draw around 400 volunteers, and more than 300 spots are already reserved, Benson said. 


How old does a volunteer have to be? 

Benson says anyone age 10 and older are encouraged to participate.
“No special skills are needed,” Benson said, “Although we need a few more volunteer crew leaders, with some experience with repair or outdoor projects. Volunteers must be 10 and older – this is a great event for youth groups or families with older kids.”

Previous Rock the Block events in Newport, Walnut Hills, Lockland, and West College Hill have been “high-energy, productive events,” Benson said.

“The spirit of friendly collaboration has helped dozens of homeowners with minor exterior repairs and cleaned up hundreds of blocks in these areas,” she said.


15 neighbors with needs

In Five Points, there are about 15 neighbors with needs for minor exterior repairs or hauling away tons of brush and debris. Volunteers are also needed to pick up litter and debris along dozens of blocks of streets there, Benson said.

“We’re very excited to meet the neighbors in Five Points during Rock the Block and look forward to building affordable homes there. We couldn’t have done this without the collaboration and support of Butler County and Fairfield Township,” Benson said. 

She said this project has several financial and in-kind donors, including Integrity Express Logistics, Pepsi, Wingstop, Sherwin Williams and Dumpsters.com. 

To sponsor Rock the Block Five Points and to find out more information in participating, visit www.habitatcincinnati.org/rock-the-block.

HOW TO GO

What: Rock the Block in Five Points

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13

Where: Meet at 8 a.m. at Disciples Christian Church, 2047 Tuley Rd., Hamilton

Registration: habitatcincinnati.org/what-we-do/rock-the-block.html


Rock the block event in West College Hill, Cincinnati. Credit: Habitat for Humanity