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With a mission to grow affordable housing in the River Falls community, St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity, the and River Falls Housing Authority have partnered for Rock the Block -- and they need your help. 

Sept. 22-26, Rock the Block will host volunteers to help rebuild and refresh RiverTown Homes, a low-income housing community in River Falls.

The addition of accessible playground equipment, park benches, picnic tables and sheds as well as the refreshing of landscaping and green spaces will be the main projects throughout the week. 

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and community picnic welcoming neighbors and volunteers is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. 

“This is brand new for us,” said Kristie Smith, SCV Habitat for Humanity executive director. “And it’s part of our mission to serve more people in communities throughout our whole area.”  

The idea for a project like Rock the Block came to be last October. Throughout the last six months, connections and partnerships have been made, plans formed and volunteers recruited. The last few pieces are being put together and a big part of that is bringing more hands on deck. 

Kraus-Anderson, Andersen Windows & Doors, Tattersall Distilling, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Alumni Association, River Falls Garden Club, Willow River Company, Sailer Sealcoating and many more organizations are contributing time and resources to this project. 

Though SCV Habitat is hoping to have full-day volunteers, if you’re interested in contributing any time to Rock the Block, you can sign up online.

Not able to contribute time? The project is accepting donations as well. 

Any questions can be directed to Smith at executivedirector@scvhabitat.org. Donations can be directed to Peggy Chukel at pchukel@rfhousing.org

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