Drake Neighborhood site of Three-Day Rock the Block

400 Wells Fargo Employees to Tackle First Day of Repair, Cleanup and Winterization

Drake Neighborhood site of Three-Day Rock the Block

Thirty teams made up of 400 Wells Fargo employees will fan out over the northeast area of Drake Neighborhood Thursday, September 29 to kick off the first day of a three-day Rock the Block event.  Rock the Block focuses on housing outreach where organizations, residents and volunteers come together to assist low income residents with repair, maintenance, weatherization, safety, accessibility and beautification of homes.

Wells Fargo’s investment of volunteer hours is part of the company’s Leading the Way Home® Priority Markets program, a nationwide effort to increase the availability of affordable housing while stabilizing and rebuilding distressed neighborhoods.  As part of this commitment, the company selected the Polk County Housing Trust Fund to receive and manage a $250,000 grant from Wells Fargo’s Housing Foundation. The Polk County Housing Trust Fund is investing the grant in property improvement, neighborhood revitalization and home ownership education through Polk County, City of Des Moines Neighborhood Development Division,  Drake Neighborhood Association, Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together, Anawim Housing, Home Opportunities Made Easy, Inc. (HOME, Inc.) and the Neighborhood Finance Corporation.

Wells Fargo Rock the Block Schedule
Thursday, September 29

7:00 a.m. Registration, team meetings and breakfast at 2500 University, First Christian Fellowship Hall

7:30 a.m. Brief program featuring representatives from Wells Fargo, Polk County Housing Trust Fund, Rebuilding Together and Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity

8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Wells Fargo teams work in a six block radius of 22nd and 23rd streets on a variety of home improvement, winterization and neighborhood revitalization projects.

Contact - Polk County Housing Trust Fund, Eric Burmeister, Executive Director
Office: (515) 282-3233; Cell (515) 707-6191; Email: eburmeister@pchtf.org

Contact - Wells Fargo, Angie Kaipust, Assistant Vice President, Wells Fargo Regional Banking Communications, Office: (402) 536-2204; Cell (402)960-7448
Email: Angela.J.Kaipust@wellsfargo.com

Additional Media Support (On-Site Sept. 29):  Diana Deibler, Cell:  (515) 681-2317
Email: Diana@DeiblerandCompany.com

About Wells Fargo
In Iowa, Wells Fargo has about 13,000 team members providing financial services through more than 80 locations (banking, mortgage and brokerage).  Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.3 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com and wachovia.com), and other distribution channels across North America and internationally. With approximately 275,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in America.  Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 23 on Fortune’s 2011 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.

About Polk County Housing Trust Fund
The Polk County Housing Trust Fund addresses issues surrounding the basic need of access to safe, stable and affordable housing. Established in 1995 the Trust Fund is a 501c(3) organization serving very low to moderate-income families in Polk County. Since its inception the PCHTF has funded over 9,600 housing units. Of those, 1,314 were new construction and 8,286 were rehabilitated homes and apartments in the Greater Des Moines area.  Learn more at www.pchtf.org.

About Coordinators of Rock the Block, Sept. 29-Oct. 1

Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity
Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity (GDM Habitat) partners with the community and with God’s people to provide decent and affordable homeownership opportunities for qualified low-income families and focused neighborhood revitalization efforts. Hard-working, low-income families are reviewed for partnership based on three criteria – need, ability to pay and their willingness to become a full partner in the project, in addition to the new construction and major rehabilitations, GDM Habitat is focused on neighborhood revitalization through the Rock the Block program. This program provides a path for residents, organizations, volunteers and GDM Habitat to come together to assist low-income residents with needed repair, maintenance, weatherization, safety, accessibility and beautification of homes..
For more information, visit www.gdmhabitat.org.

Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together Greater Des Moines provides educational opportunities and revitalization services to neighborhoods and low-income homeowners in promoting a safe and healthy community environment. Since the first Rebuilding Together Day in 1995, local volunteers have been renovating the homes of low-income homeowners and non-profit facilities. To date, Rebuilding Together has revitalized more than 800 houses and non-profit facilities utilizing more than 17,000 volunteers giving more than 130,000 hours of volunteer time and delivering nearly $6.5 million in market value. Rebuilding Together’s rehabilitation projects are done free of charge for homeowners, and are funded and staffed with all volunteer teams by sponsors, which include foundations, local companies, civic and faith-based organizations and individuals. To support these teams, skilled tradespersons donate their time on jobs requiring their expertise. Rebuilding Together also relies on businesses to donate materials and volunteers. For more information, www.rebuildingdm.org.