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UPDATE: Kick-off to Habitat for Humanity's "Rock the Block" canceled due to weather

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Courtesy: Habitat for Humanity of Dane County Courtesy: Habitat for Humanity of Dane County
Courtesy: Habitat for Humanity of Dane County Courtesy: Habitat for Humanity of Dane County

UPDATE (WKOW) -- Due to wet weather, Habitat for Humanity is canceling Saturday's Rock the Block events. 

A rep with the group says a small Rock the Block celebration with cake, refreshments and remarks from community leaders on Friday, May 26 at noon on the field between Vandenburg Street and Chicory Way in Sun Prairie.

If volunteers would like to help a different day during the week-long neighborhood revitalization project, follow this link.  

Habitat for Humanity apologies for any inconvenience and thanks the community for its continued support.  

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SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) -- Habitat for Humanity of Dane County is kicking off a week-long Rock the Block neighborhood revitalization volunteer project on Saturday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an outdoor community fair in the field on the corner of Vandenburg Street and Chicory Way in Sun Prairie.

During the week of May 20-26 hundreds of Habitat volunteers will be in the neighborhood completing exterior home repairs and improvements to a dozen homes. Volunteers will be painting, landscaping, planting shrubs, repairing patios, installing rain barrel systems, powerwashing, replacing gutters and more.

The official kick-off on May 20 will feature several community organizations hosting booths, live music, a library book sale, a bounce house from the YMCA, a fire truck and a brat stand hosted by the VFW. Habitat will also provide free dumpsters and Habitat ReStore will be on hand to accept donations of furniture and building materials as part of the community revitalization and clean-up project. A short program will be presented at Noon with Sun Prairie Mayor Paul Esser, Habitat CEO Valerie Johnson and a Habitat homeowner. The public is welcome to attend this free family event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“By having Habitat volunteers, the same ones who build Habitat houses, complete the needed work on homes, we are helping homeowners stay in their homes longer,” said Valerie Johnson, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Dane County. “Studies show once homes are better maintained, others in the neighborhood tend to follow suit. Increased community involvement and even lower crime rates can follow such initiatives. This helps communities across Dane County stay strong.”

Prior to the Rock the Block kick-off, Bristol Lutheran Church is hosting the Hammer It Home family-friendly 5K run, 1.5-mile walk and kid's dash at Sheehan Park in Sun Prairie. All proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Dane County.

Click here to sign up to become a volunteer during Rock the Block.

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