BLOCK BUILD: BIG VALUE IN SMALL CHANGES
Block Builds demonstrate that residents see value in their communities. Small changes through simple tasks like painting, landscaping and waste removal add up to beautify entire neighborhoods, sending the message that residents are proud of the places they live, and worth the investment. Though the numbers above only represent one event, every Block Build restores confidence in the area and benefits Chicago as a whole.
Block Build 2016 by the Numbers
100 West Pullman residents and volunteers
5 homes critically repaired
15 vacant lots and alleyways cleaned up
We believe a neighbor isn't just the person who lives next door. A neighbor is someone with common goals and dreams, who may or may not live down the street. One of the benefits of volunteering with Habitat Chicago is the ability to meet new neighbors who might just live across town from you. It is an opportunity to see a new part of the city, work alongside someone with different life experiences, and remember how small the world can be. It's a hometown adventure.
The true magic of Block Build, though, is the collaboration between residents and volunteers. People may show up as strangers, but they often leave as friends and neighbors. There is something special that happens when people come together for a common cause. And beyond strategic repairs and beautification projects, Block Build has sparked new ideas for other neighborhood improvements, created excitement and a sense of community for West Pullman residents, and even shaped Habitat Chicago's future plans and the development of our Neighbors United Block Improvement Grants.
“Scratch the surface in the West Pullman neighborhood and you’ll quickly find a rich history.”
Thanks to Maggie Carlo and WGN for capturing the, too often untold, resiliency, dignity, and determination of this community.