Rock the Block wraps up in Old Town


LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Rock the Block 2016 is in the record books for Habitat for Humanity Capital Region.

Some 350 volunteers took part in this week-long community revitalization project in Lansing’s Old Town, including an entire team of women from 6 News.

Together their efforts lifted up an entire neighborhood.

“I think it’s great that our company allows us to come and do this during the week. And it’s very rewarding to help other people and when we drove from one house to the other  we could see the difference that everybody’s made all week,” said Rita Ramsey, volunteer, Rock the Block.

Habitat for Humanity Women Build 2016 Rock the Block week started off with several teams of women including 16 women from 6 News. Our job was to tackle the community garden project at the corner of turner and North Street in Lansing’s Old Town.

The transformation that followed, thanks to the helping hands of hundreds of volunteers throughout the week was pretty impressive.

“This is gonna be so amazing to see the difference we’ve made just in this one day and our hard work. It’s been so great working with all these wonderful people. And I can tell the homeowners are excited about the changes we’re making,” said Julie Hartner, volunteer, Rock the Block.

Not only were the volunteers able to revitalize neighborhood homes and yards, many said their lives were changed for the better too.

“I was painting – doing trim – I was up on the roof.  First time up on an extension ladder which was pretty  exciting. It was good,” said Ellen Stille, volunteer, Rock the Block.

“One of the nice things is we all want to five back and a lot of times we do that with dollars. but we also want to give energy back  and this gives us the opportunity to do both,” said Nicole Noll-Williams, volunteer, Rock the Block.

Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to be the bridge between the community and  volunteers who want to make a difference.

“We have painted three big old homes, replaced two or three porches mowed about 85 lawns, and put in a new community garden with perennials, brought neighbors in, brought the community together and engaged volunteers. It’s amazing,” said Dena Vatalaro, volunteer, Rock the Block.

What a great team effort. If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities with Habitat for Humanity, visit

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