In partnership with Hamilton Township and Saint Phillips Baptist Church, Habitat BCGTP is hosting Rock the Block, an all-day repair event and resource fair. Hundreds of volunteers will assist homeowners in repairing their homes and help transform the neighborhood into a vibrant, safe, and inclusive place!
Beginning bright and early on Saturday morning, volunteers will repair 8 homes on the streets surrounding Hamilton High West with projects like foundation parging, landscaping, painting, and porch repair. Residents are encouraged to join in with their own spring cleaning and take advantage of the dumpsters and ReStore truck posted throughout the neighborhood. From 9am-1pm, residents can also meet with local organizations at the resource fair in the Hamilton High West cafeteria.
Rock the Block is an event that showcases Habitat BCGTP’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, which brings people together to improve the quality of life in target neighborhoods. The focal community for Rock the Block is near and dear to Habitat partners, Hamilton Township Council President Jeff Martin and Pastor Joseph Woods of Saint Phillips Baptist Church, and is the location of two new Habitat homes coming to Parkinson Avenue. Together, they are making our community more beautiful, modern, and accessible for current and future residents!
Habitat CEO Lori Leonard expressed her thoughts about the event, “Rock the Block is an amazing opportunity to bring the community together with neighbors, churches, business, and volunteers making a big impact in just one day. The partnership with Hamilton Township and Saint Phillips came at the perfect time, and we are so excited to help homeowners where we are building new affordable homes because it further demonstrates our commitment to building a place where everyone has a decent place to live.”
“I couldn’t be more excited about the Rock the Block event and the partnership between Hamilton, Habitat for Humanity and Saint Phillips Church,” says Hamilton Council President Jeff Martin. “To have the community come together, from all over the township, to help these homeowners in need, it shows the very best of our township and the compassion we have for our neighbors. I am truly proud to be a part of this event.”
Pastor Woods shares in the excitement, “I am always grateful when our church is able to leave out of the four walls of the building to connect and serve with the community. The Rock the Block project, in partnership with Habitat and volunteers throughout the Township, gives us the opportunity to do just that. I am confident that everyone involved will be blessed as we partner together to serve others.” Key support for Rock the Block comes from our “Adopt A House” sponsors at Berkshire Bank, New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association, and Hamilton Township Education Association, who have provided funds for construction materials and volunteers to get the job done. Budget Dumpster has made spring cleaning in the neighborhood a breeze by donating 3 large dumpsters for the event!
Other Rock the Block sponsors include Mercadien, Wawa, and Herrs. The event will be made up of over 100 volunteers including a large group from the Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association! A special thanks to Risoldi’s for keeping our volunteers fed and energized by catering breakfast and lunch!
Come April 27th, keep an eye out for hundreds of volunteers rocking the block!