Seeking light home projects for Selbyville Rock the Block

Need a hand, Selbyville? Homeowners who need some help with light chores or outdoor maintenance can sign up for Rock the Block, a community event on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Local volunteers will be partnering with homeowners to provide free services, but registration ends Wednesday afternoon, through Sussex County Habitat for Humanity.

The volunteer event is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a community block party and free barbecue from 1 to 3 p.m. at Mountaire. People can participate in either activity, or both.

Rock the Block is a free event that brings volunteers and neighbors together to complete light outdoor projects, including small repairs, powerwashing, landscaping, minor painting, fixing mailboxes and waste hauling.

“We wouldn’t be entering the house” but can carry away old furniture or items that are brought outside, Tull said.

“Really, it’s open to everyone who maybe needs some extra assistance,” whether the person is has medical issues, is a single parent or even a working professional who just needs help on a maintenance project.

“It’s really just a community thing, [even] if you’re perfectly well and able, and you think you just need some help powerwashing,” Tull said.

Organizers have drummed up some projects by canvassing the town, but they’re eager for more projects.

The geographic range for the projects is limited to downtown Selbyville, nearer to Mountaire. The house must be homeowner-occupied (This project is not intended for renters and landlords).

The deadline to request services is Wednesday, Sept. 18. Interested people should contact Courtney at (302) 855-1153, ext. 217, or Courtney@sussexcountyhabitat.org.

Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m., be teamed up and then go to their assigned projects. Homeowners will sign a waiver allowing volunteers to come on to their property. Homeowners would ideally join in, but only if they are physically able.

“Habitat’s mission is to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope,” Tull said. “We are in Selbyville trying to build houses, but we are trying to be in the neighborhood to encourage people to know each other and … do a good thing and help out the community.”

Beautification also increases pride in the neighborhood. Everyone benefits from an attractive block.

“I just think these events are fun and the community really does get involved. … It’s just something extra you can do for your community,” Tull said. “In the future, we would love if people just started these events on their own.”

Habitat for Humanity is known for helping people to become homeowners, and the group is currently finishing a house in Selbyville right now. But it’s not a handout. Families must donate “sweat equity” hours to Habitat projects, and they’ll still pay a mortgage.

 

Party follows

 

After the work is done, all neighbors will be invited to a free Block Party from 1 to 3 p.m., hosted at the Mountaire Farms warehouse on Railroad Avenue. This is open to the public as a follow-up to the morning chores.

There will be music, games and free barbecued chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans.

“We’re going to meet at 8 and then work ’til about 1, and then we’re going to have a little block party at our facility and warehouse,” said Mountaire’s Cathy Bassett.

“Our feedmill teams are going to be cooking, and they can cook some pretty good chicken,” said Bassett. “Hopefully, it’ll be smelling really good that day.”

Habitat has done Rock the Block in many communities across Sussex County. They host the clean-up, and the community adds a party afterward. On Sept. 21, Habitat and Mountaire will host this event in Selbyville and in North Carolina simultaneously.

 

By Laura Walter

Staff Reporter