LEAWOOD, KAN./ SEPTEMBER 08, 2018 (STL.News)
REALTORS® from across the Kansas City region will gather on the 600 block of Wille Street in Olathe, KS on Wednesday, September 12 to participate in the 3rd annual REALTORS® Rock the Block event, a day-long service project that will help revitalize 12 homes. The Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS® (KCRAR) is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City for the Rock the Block event. More than 300 REALTORS® and industry partners from 20 local companies will be participating as volunteers during the event.
Volunteers will help with exterior home repairs to windows, doors, porches, railings and stairs; as well as yard work, painting, lot clean up, tree trimming and landscaping projects. Participating homeowners will also receive Ecobee thermostats. This year’s Rock the Block event has also received support from the City of Olathe, the Olathe Healthy Neighborhoods program and Water One.
“Through the REALTORS® Rock the Block event we strive for a substantial community impact, one neighborhood at a time. We feel so fortunate to see our vision growing and are thrilled to branch out into Kansas this year,” said Andrea Sheridan, president of the Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS®.
By partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City, local REALTORS® hope to create positive long-term change for the areas served by the Rock the Block program each year, including higher property values and a general feeling of well-being and community pride for current and potential homeowners.
“We are very excited to address the vital housing needs of Kansas City through our collaborative partnership. Together we will make meaningful impact in Olathe by Rocking the Block,” said Pat Turner, President/CEO Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City.
The event will feature a kick-off gathering with leaders from KCRAR, Habitat for Humanity and local elected officials in preparation for the work day. During their lunch break, volunteers will enjoy live music by Casi Joy, a local favorite who recently competed on Season 12 of The Voice.
“In this third year of the Rock the Block event, we look forward to once again bringing positive change to a deserving community through the work of hundreds of our REALTOR® members and supporting partners. Our ultimate goal is to improve quality of life and home values for those living in and around the communities we serve through the Rock the Block event each year,” said Kipp Cooper, CEO of the Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS®.
About Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS®
The Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate in the Kansas City Region”, is the largest professional business association in Kansas City. KCRAR serves more than 10,000 REALTOR® members across Kansas and Missouri. Additional information can be found at http://www.KCRAR.com.
About Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City
Habitat for Humanity was born from a dream of Millard and Linda Fuller to create affordable housing programs nationally and internationally. Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City is one of 1,500 affiliates nationwide, serving six counties in the Kansas City region including: Clay, Jackson and Platte in Missouri, and Johnson, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte in Kansas. July 1, 2016 marked the celebration of bringing two greater Kansas City Habitat for Humanity legacy organizations together. This newly combined organization is comprised of Habitat for Humanity Kansas City, incorporated in 1979 as the seventh oldest affiliate worldwide, and Heartland Habitat for Humanity, formed in 2006 by the merger of Kaw Valley Habitat for Humanity and Northland Habitat for Humanity, that had begun their journey in 1987. Collectively, these organizations have had a direct impact on the housing community over the past 37 years; more than 315 homes have been built or rehabbed in the Kansas City, Missouri urban core, and over 250 homes in Wyandotte, Leavenworth and Johnson counties in Kansas and Clay and Platte counties in Missouri. For additional information about Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City, visit http://www.habitatkc.org.