Volunteers help ‘Rock the Block’ in Perry

Allison Ullmann - Staff
Volunteers work on a ramp project during a past Rock the Block event in Perry.

Wood was cut to replace an existing ramp while work was being done down the street to reside a house.

Volunteers also helped paint and replace windows during Dallas County Habitat for Humanity’s Rock the Block event, held Sept. 27-29 in Perry.

Outreach Coordinator Omar Padilla said the volunteer numbers were a little low on Sept. 27, but around 23 helped on Sept. 28 and around 30 on Sept. 29.

The volunteers worked on four projects over the three-day event. A few more projects, Padilla said, will be completed through a third party. Those projects include a new roof and a new furnace.

The volunteers helped replace the material on a ramp, replaced around 20 windows between two houses and painted a building near the Raccoon River Valley Trail.

“Just good community building,” Padilla said of Rock the Block.

Groups from Minburn Communications, Raccoon Valley Bank, Wells Fargo and Iowa State University all volunteered during the Perry event. The ISU students were volunteering with a fraternity, Beta Sigma Psi, and a sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta.

Padilla added that Rock the Block was also held in Van Meter and Dallas Center. This was the fourth year for the event in Perry.