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HabiJax and Wells Fargo Volunteers Celebrate MLK Day of Service with Rock the Block 2016

January 22nd, 2016 · Leave a Comment


Jacksonville’s New Town is brighter after Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc. (HabiJax) in partnership with Wells Fargo volunteers celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a MLK Day of Service activity, completing more than 20 beautification projects in the neighborhood.


Focusing on State Street West between Acorn and Tyler streets in New Town, volunteers completed a variety of jobs to boost homes’ curb appeal, including landscaping enhancement, Right-of-Way cleanup, exterior repairs and painting projects.

“We are thrilled to see the impact Rock the Block volunteers made in one day,” said Mary Kay O’Rourke, president and CEO of HabiJax. “With the generous support of our volunteers, we were able to transform and beautify a neighborhood block in New Town. Projects like this that connect the community and help our neighbors are very rewarding for everyone involved.”


New Town Success Zone Executive Director George Maxey welcomes and thanks volunteers

Rock the Block kicked off with a community Welcome Rally celebration at the Edward Waters College Adams Jenkins Community Sports & Music Complex. The celebration featured music, a drumline and a short program with remarks from Wells Fargo North Florida Regional President Kelly Smith and Jacksonville Director of Community Affairs Dr. Charles Moreland.

After the rally, volunteers set off to complete service projects. Following the conclusion of Rock the Block, volunteers enjoyed a complimentary lunch in New Town.

The largest affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in the U.S., HabiJax has provided housing services to more than 2,000 families since 1988. In order to make a greater impact in Jacksonville neighborhoods, HabiJax has committed its experience, housing products and services to revitalizing the historic neighborhood of New Town and is a partner in the New Town Success Zone. HabiJax has built more than 250 homes to date in New Town and HabiJax has invested $16 million to complete more than 400 homeownership and rehabilitation projects in the area and is on track to meet its goal.

During its 27 years of building communities with its partners, HabiJax has improved the city of Jacksonville with high-quality affordable homes and enhanced neighborhoods, providing a better quality of life for homeowners and their children in five areas of the Urban Core of Jacksonville.

For more information about HabiJax or to learn about its mission, volunteer opportunities and more, visit www.HabiJax.org.

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