A family fun Habitat for Humanity Rock the Block held Saturday, July 16 mobilized hundreds of volunteers to repair homes in the North Little Rock neighborhood Baring Cross. A water carnival was held for attending kids, at which North Little Rock Police Officer Tommy Norman sat in a dunk tank. Kids took turns dunking the beloved police officer, and then took turns dunking each other. A waterslide also helped cool off the kids who had been working hard in the July heat to help their neighbors. The Salvation Army, Baring Cross Neighborhood Association, Pleasant Valley Church of Christ, also joined hundreds of volunteers who gathered to build strength, stability, and self-reliance in the North Little Rock neighborhood.
Rock the Block is part of Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas’s Neighborhood Revitalization program. This program is an additional way that Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas can bring people together to work Habitat's mission to make sure everyone has a decent place to live. Since Rock the Block’s inception almost two years ago, over 100 homes in Baring Cross have been repaired, restored, and made safer. Volunteers spent the day at Rock the Block cleaning up, building decks, repairing windows, applying fresh coats of paint, and landscaping.
“The people in Baring Cross are feeling God’s love in tangible ways since we’ve been able to work here,” said Bill Plunkett, Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas CEO. “And when you have people like Officer Norman helping out, it really makes the event special for everyone.” Anyone interested in helping with Rock the Block in the future should email firstname.lastname@example.org.