Rock the Block neighborhood cleanup held in Woodland Heights

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3/KSPR) - Volunteers from five area churches joined Thrivent Financial, Habitat for Humanity of Springfield and residents of Woodland Heights to “Rock The Block”, a bi-annual event focused on completing home repairs alongside homeowners who lack the resources or ability to make the repairs themselves.

During the Rock the Block event, volunteers completed eleven home repair projects in Woodland Heights as part of Habitat’s ongoing Neighborhood Revitalization efforts. Projects included painting and yard clean-ups that are funded by the Thrivent Builds Repairs program. The program brings financial, volunteer and advocacy resources to the mission of Habitat for Humanity. “Housing is one of the focus areas of revitalization for Woodland Heights residents,” said Larry Peterson, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Springfield. “We are proud to see the faith community and Thrivent join our commitment to Woodland Heights.”

Neighborhood Revitalization is Habitat for Humanity’s newest program striving to improve the quality of life of a single neighborhood by working with area businesses, government, residents, and other nonprofits who share the same vision. Woodland Height’s focus includes beautification, community, housing, health and safety.

Aside from the bi-annual Rock the Block event, the Volunteer Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Springfield said there are plenty of things community members can do to help the cause, especially at the ReStore. "We are very blessed to have one of the very best ReStores in the entire nation, but we don't get that work done without a multitude of volunteers," said Aaron Norrick. "We need anywhere from five to 25 volunteers just to make the ReStore operate."

Norrick also talked about how much donations to the ReStore help raise money for Habitat for Humanity of Springfield. "Whether it be a good working fridge that they don't need anymore or a set of kitchen cabinets they're getting ready to remodel their kitchen, call us and we'll come pick that up, we'll turn around and we resell that here in the ReStore." Norrick said the ReStore on South Scenic is projected to make about $1.5 million dollars in 2018.

Habitat for Humanity of Springfield impacts more than 110 households each year. Since 1988, the organization has either built or renovated more than 570 homes, providing shelter for more than 1,100 men, women and children from Greene, Christian, and Webster Counties. Habitat for Humanity of Springfield is a United Way of the Ozarks partner agency. People can learn more on their websites.