Volunteering to Transform a Menasha Neighborhood
The Habitat for Humanity Rock the Block program targeted Menasha’s Friendship Trail neighborhood from September 13 to 15. Karlyn Raddatz, Network Health Manager of Care Management, was one of over 80 volunteers.
“We focused on exterior home repairs, landscaping and cleanup in the Friendship Trail neighborhood,” Karlyn says. “It was such a great opportunity to serve my community.”
Rock the Block selects local neighborhoods to complete home repairs and preservation projects for low income homeowners. The volunteer program also completes community projects to beautify the neighborhood surrounding the homes.
Karlyn was assigned to site support. She helped prepare the location for the volunteers and coordinated their efforts. She could see the collaboration and impact firsthand.
“Watching the homeowners work alongside the volunteers in a joint effort to accomplish the projects put a smile on my face,” Karlyn says. “There really is a place for anyone who wants to help.”
“Whether you’re interested in learning a new job skill or you have experience in building and renovating, volunteers are needed,” she continued.
Because community members volunteered their time, 23 projects were completed in Menasha’s Friendship Trail neighborhood.
“Investing in your neighborhood is such a meaningful experience, both humbling and eye-opening.” says Karlyn.