Friday and Saturday, September 6th and 7th, saw more than 400 volunteers convene on a South Oak Park neighborhood for the second-annual Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento “Rock the Block” event. The event, powered by presenting sponsor Wells Fargo and dozens of community partners, is a one-weekend blitz-repair event that brings together dozens of organizations and hundreds of volunteers to work alongside residents in South Oak Park to repair homes and revitalize the community. Over 36 hours, volunteers completed 23 home repairs alongside 23 homeowners and 6 community projects to uplift the local community center (which serves dozens of nonprofits and hundreds of residents annually).
About the Donation
Rock the Block 2019 was made possible by dozens of event sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor Wells Fargo whose substantial $25,000 donation provided tools, materials, and manpower to help make the Rock the Block projects come to life.
In a surprise announcement at the Rock the Block closing celebration ceremony on Saturday, September 7th, Wells Fargo announced an additional investment to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program of $100,000 to support home repairs all across Sacramento and West Sacramento for the coming year. The donation is the largest single Neighborhood Revitalization program sponsorship from a non-government entity in Habitat Greater Sacramento’s 34 year history.
“Addressing housing affordability can take many forms, but they can all come with a hefty price tag to the homeowner,” said Pedar Bruce, Community Relations consultant for Wells Fargo. “While building new homes is needed, it’s also incredibly expensive, as is making much needed repairs to keep a house structurally sound. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento offers unique solutions to these housing issues—like Rock the Block and other home repair programs—that help existing homeowners who simply cannot afford to make these repairs. Wells Fargo is proud to announce our continued support of Habitat and its programs through a new $100,000 Wells Fargo Local Initiatives Grant. Thank you for all the work you do in Sacramento County and West Sacramento! Congratulations!”
In addition to being the presenting sponsor and bringing a historic donation for Neighborhood Revitalization, over 30 Wells Fargo volunteers rolled up their sleeves as volunteers to work alongside homeowners in need of a hand-up over the two days of Rock the Block.
Their donation to Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program is part of Wells Fargo’s recent commitment of $400,000 to housing affordability in Sacramento.
To learn more about how you can get involved with Habitat’s growing Neighborhood Revitalization Program or Rock the Block 2020, contact Kaitlyn Bathke at KBathke@HabitatGreaterSac.org