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James Neiss/staff photographer
Niagara Falls, NY - Volunteers from Verizon Wireless clean up the yard of a boarded up home on 7th Street. They and an army of volunteers participated in Rock The Block hosted by Niagara University.
220+ Volunteers to ‘Rock the Block’ Tomorrow in Downtown Niagara Falls
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. (May 15, 2018) – Employees from 25 Niagara County-based organizations will join forces with dozens of area residents tomorrow to spruce up homes in several downtown Niagara Falls neighborhoods.
In all, more than 220 volunteers will participate in the Niagara University-led “Rock the Block” program, which links local homeowners and tenants with business representatives – including presidents and CEOs – to perform minor housing repairs, such as painting, landscaping and general cleanup, in the city’s South End.
Participating organizations include Niagara University, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, the Niagara Falls City School District, Verizon, and many others.
Approximately 35 houses, 10 alleys and 75 vacant lots will be improved as part of Wednesday’s effort.
“Rock the Block” is the second phase of the NU-led South End Housing Initiative, which seeks to revitalize housing in Niagara Falls from Fourth Street to Portage Road, within the surrounding perimeter from Niagara Street to Pine Avenue. Organizers contend that the revival of this corridor of homes will encourage economic development on the outlying areas of the neighborhoods.
In Niagara Falls, about 20 percent of homes stand vacant, and only 56 percent of Niagara Falls residents are homeowners.
On April 21, first-year Niagara University students collected 111 bags of litter, debris and leaves in the South End business district as part of a Freshman Day of Service.
What: “Rock the Block”
When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: 9 a.m. – Group sendoff at 256 Niagara St., Niagara Falls, N.Y.
9 a.m.- 1 p.m. – Repair work at multiple locations
1 p.m. – Luncheon & recap at Carolyn’s House, 542 6th St., Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Founded by the Vincentian community in 1856, Niagara University is a comprehensive institution, blending the best of a liberal arts and professional education, grounded in our values-based Catholic tradition. Its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Hospitality and Tourism Management offer programs at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral level.
As the first Vincentian university established in the United States, Niagara prepares students for personal and professional success while emphasizing service to the community in honor of St. Vincent de Paul. Niagara’s institutional commitment to service learning has led to its inclusion on the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service every year since its inception in 2006, and its recognition with the Carnegie Foundation’s Classification for Community Engagement.
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