Local Organizations Team-Up to Host 2nd Annual Midtown Community Work Day

SwedishAmerican Foundation, Midtown District, Rockford Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial is excited to announce it is hosting its 2nd annual Midtown Community Work Day on Saturday, August 5. Earlier this year, owner-occupied residents that live in the Midtown District were eligible to apply for a $2,500 exterior repair grant. Six local residents will have work done to their homes on August 5.

Additionally, local volunteers from the Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity, East High School, SwedishAmerican and local community members will help residents who received a grant build ramps, paint, clean gutters, plant trees, flowers and shrubs, replace windows and doors and do general repair work to their homes.

Funding is being provided by Thrivent Financial, a local financial services firm that supports programs to help build stronger families, churches and communities. The six residents who will receive a grant on August 5 also have the opportunity to meet with Habitat for Humanity one-on-one to discuss their needs and develop a punch list for their specific project. In addition to the six homes that are being repaired, volunteers also will work on a beautification project for the Midtown District.

“This project is the perfect opportunity to bring our Midtown community together to promote a safer, healthier and more empowered neighborhood,” says Rockford Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Keri Nelson. “We are excited to award these grants to six well-deserving neighbors. This local project is just one more way we are beautifying Rockford and our downtown community.”

Below is a run-down of events for the Midtown Community Work Day on August 5:

•8:00 AM – Registration and breakfast provided for volunteers (Rockford Public School District Headquarters, 501 7th Street, Rockford)

•8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Volunteers will work on outdoor projects

•12:00 PM – Lunch provided to volunteers at RPS District Headquarters

•1:00 – 4:00 PM – Volunteers will work on outdoor projects

Volunteers are still needed to help at the Midtown Community Work Day. To sign-up, go to http://tinyurl.com/MidtownWorkDay. For more information about Midtown Community Work Day, please contact Habitat for Humanity at (815) 636-4573.

For further information, contact:

Katryna Kirby