Volunteers 'Rock The Block' in Overbrook to help seniors and their homes

Dan Wing
May 18, 2019 - 2:45 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Dozens of volunteers and people from the neighborhood spent a good chunk of their Saturday helping clean and fix up homes on a pair of streets in Overbrook.  

The volunteers were focused on one block on two different streets, North 56th and Hunter Streets, in the Hestonville section of Overbrook.

They worked on houses with older residents, mainly cleaning, planting flowers, painting and fixing other odds and ends like light fixtures, smoke detectors and more.

The event was kicked off with a performance by the Commando's Drill Team, and a group of speakers that included Mayor Jim Kenney, who said the 'Rock the Block Home Maintenance Initiative’ had him feeling nostalgic.

"It reminded me of growing up in the 60s and 70s when people actually took care of each other," Kenney said. “Looked out for the seniors, shoveled the pavements, knocked on the door and see if the senior needs something from the supermarket, and that's wonderful."

The supplies came mainly by a large donation from Wells Fargo Bank, and a few community groups working together.

 The volunteers included people from the neighborhood, like 9-year old K'Naja who says she wanted to follow her mom's example and help out.

"Because I see a lot of people downtown, and they need help. And my mom she gives out food, and I help her," she said.

K'Naja says she was mainly going to focus on painting and planting flowers.