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Rock the Block Kaukauna

Posted on April 14, 2023

Rock the Block Kaukauna:

The Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity held their 18th Rock the Block event in Kaukauna Uptown West from May 12th through May 14th. Over 150 volunteers came together to revitalize the neighborhood through more than 20 different projects including residential homes, businesses, and community parks.

Rock the Block brings together residents, municipalities, and community partners to complete exterior home repairs for low-income homeowners. These projects improve and beautify neighborhoods, increase property values, and have a ripple effect on all homes in targeted neighborhoods. Repairs and community projects include tasks such as roofing, siding, window and door replacement, porch repairs, exterior repairs and improvements, painting, landscaping, and more. The results of these improvements are extensive – homeowners find a renewed sense of pride in their homes, residential homes and neighborhood values are increased and homes are safer

There is a tremendous sense of pride when homeowners can be directly involved in their projects. Not only do they work side-by-side with volunteers when they are physically able to do so, but they are able to afford these projects by accepting a deferred 0% loan from Fox Cities Habitat.

According to a survey taken from our participants in this program, 87% of residents believe Rock the Block beautified their neighborhood; 76% of residents feel Rock the Block increased neighborhood pride; 55% of residents have seen improvements to their neighborhood since Rock the Block; and 73% of residents got to know their neighbors better, or even met them for the first time.

The Rock the Block program also increases safety in neighborhoods. According to the City of Menasha Police Department 2016 Annual Neighborhood Statistical Reporting, there were 22% fewer police calls overall, 42% less reports of damage to property, 54% less ordinance complaints, down 58% with calls related to drug complaints, calls decreased by 75% related to domestic disturbance, and an 84% decrease in noise complaints. What a great outcome from a weekend of revitalization!

To see a video summarizing our activities in Kaukauna, please watch the video below!

Rock the Block Kaukauna – May 2022

Rock the Block is made possible by the countless volunteers from the community, event sponsor staff, Fox Cities Habitat’s amazing Senior Crew, and homeowners pitching in on their home improvements. We could never accomplish these improvements without our generous sponsors and donors providing the needed funding to cover the costs associated with this program.

A huge thank you to Rock the Block Kaukauna’s sponsors:

  • Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region
  • Eli Lilly and Company, Community First Credit Union
  • Theda & Tamblin Clark Smith Family Foundation
  • David L. & Rita E. Nelson Family Fund
  • Bank of Kaukauna
  • Bergstrom Automotive
  • Miron Construction
  • Amcor Flexibles
  • Great Northern Corp
  • J.J. Keller Foundation
  • McMahon
  • The Boldt Company
  • Robert & Lynn Keller
  • Ahlstrom Munksjo
  • Basset Mechanical
  • City of Kaukauna
  • Kaukauna Utilities
  • Fox Valley Tool & Die
  • Electric City Lanes
  • Les & Dar Stumpf Family Fund
  • Judy & Tom Verhagen Family Fund
  • Milton & Trudy Staskal
  • Country Gardens
  • Bob & Jan Fahrbach Family Fund,
  • Charlie & Beverly Goff Fund,
  • Milk Source,
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 18
  • Wichmann-Fargo Funeral Homes & Crematories

Author: Angie Demers