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Rock the Block will revitalize neighborhoods in Sheboygan

Rock the Block

SHEBOYGAN — City officials and civic leaders are encouraging citizens to turn out for the annual Rock the Block neighborhood revitalization event this weekend in Sheboygan.

This year’s event is scheduled to take place this week Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at St. Peter Claver Parish and the surrounding Franklin Park neighborhood. This event brings together several community partners including the City of Sheboygan, the Sheboygan Fire Department, the Sheboygan Police Department and IBEW Local 494 along with local partners in a concentrated effort to improve quality of life in a designated neighborhood.

“The City of Sheboygan is excited to once again co-host the Rock the Block event with Habitat for Humanity Lakeside along with one of our official neighborhoods,” said City Administrator Todd Wolf. “Neighborhood revitalization is a focus area of the City’s strategic plan and the city applauds the efforts of the Habitat for Humanity Lakeside.” Through Rock the Block, Habitat for Humanity Lakeside provides affordable financing for exterior home repairs and community projects by engaging donors and mobilizing volunteers to have a positive impact in a focused area.

This year’s efforts are focused on the Franklin Park neighborhood on Sheboygan’s south side. This neighborhood was recognized by the Common Council in 2020 as the 12th official Neighborhood Association in the city. Residents are continuing to develop this fledgling association, building a sense of community by investing in their neighborhood and in each other.

“Events like this that unite people around a common goal truly have the power to transform our communities, one neighborhood at a time,” added Kendra Kelling, Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager at Habitat for Humanity Lakeside. “We are proud to serve 11 homeowners with repairs and complete seven community based projects to benefit the entire neighborhood.”

Individuals can volunteer to be a part of this community event by assisting in the completion of exterior home repairs and community projects such as painting, porches, fencing and landscaping. Volunteers are provided with lunch and water and are asked to commit to the full workday. To volunteer, call (920) 458-3399 or visit habitatlakeside.com.

This year’s Rock the Block is being funded by the generosity of donors. Sponsors for this event includes Lowe’s Home Improvement, Alliant Energy, the City of Sheboygan and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 494.