A closing ceremony will be held at the church at the end of the workday.
Research has shown neighborhood cleanups matter, said Jen Kephart, Volunteer Services and Program Manager at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati.
“Whenever you can clear up blight in a neighborhood, or brush removal, there are indicators that show that contributes to reducing crime activity,” she said. “If you can reduce brush that’s crowding alleys or crowding out lighting, you are going to directly and positively impact that space to create open spaces for more visibility and overall pride in the neighborhood.”
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Kephart said many low-income families find it difficult to volunteer, but Rock the Block is “an opportunity to serve right in your neighborhood” as families volunteer together.
“That’s powerful, and people can take pride in their neighborhood in a way that doesn’t happen that often,” she said. “We come into neighborhoods to praise the positive. There are hard-working families in Five Points and we want to celebrate that.”
Rock the Block will assist as many as 15 homeowners this spring, but as of now only six homeowners have signed up. There is a form on Habitat for Humanity's website, www.habitatcincinnati.org, and homeowners in the Five Points area have until March 22 to sign up.