Rock the Block

Community Affairs Manager Bob Balzer is in his third year of coordinating volunteer efforts to serve Midland County Habitat for Humanity’s Rock the Block program. 

“There are so many reasons that I truly enjoy giving back through this program,” he said. “And I’m fortunate to work for a company that supports and encourages volunteerism.” 

Rock the Block is a Habitat for Humanity program that focuses on bringing people together to revitalize   neighborhoods. Rock the Block addresses the exterior areas of existing properties. Volunteers do yard maintenance, make lighting improvements and repair porches and railings. They also make critical home repairs including roofs and windows. Homeowners work with volunteers to make repairs to the home.  

“I love the physical aspect of this volunteer effort,” said Balzer. “Getting my hands dirty while working side-by-side with fellow Consumers Energy employees is incredibly fun and rewarding!”  

Every event is different because every house has unique needs. “This year, our volunteers may be building walls, framing a home, setting trusses, building a garage, insulating homes, back- filling a yard, prepping for drywall, caulking, painting, completing siding jobs, landscaping, and more,” said Balzer.  

When Balzer speaks with younger generations he always tells them, “If you want to be truly fulfilled in life…learn to serve others!”? Habitat for Humanity does that well by offering programs and services for those experiencing poverty and in the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Restrained, Employed) population. “Once projects are completed, it is so rewarding to see the joy, pride, and appreciation expressed by the families who benefitted from the service of Habitat and the many people who volunteer with the organization,” he said.

If you’re worried you’re not skilled or experienced enough to lend a hand at a Rock the Block event, don’t be. “One of the things I love about our volunteer day is that there is something almost anyone can do.? Whether it’s cleaning a flower bed, washing a window, painting a fence, or roofing an entire home, volunteers can work at their comfort level and at their own pace,” said Balzer.  

“Our group gets a lot of work done in a few hours.?At the end of the day, we look back at the project with amazement and joy because of what we accomplished, knowing that a family in need was truly blessed because we cared enough to serve them…if only for a day!” 

Learn more about the Rock the Block program in Midland here 

Power of Home Campaign

Consumers Energy is partnering with Habitat for Humanity for the Power of Home campaign. We have pledged to match $1 for every $2 donated through the fundraiser, up to $100,000.? Learn more about the campaign?here. The campaign is open to the public and you can donate?here.?? 

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