Habitat for Humanity’s “Rock the Block” event is set to take on four projects in Adel and Van Meter this Thursday through Saturday. The Adel event is the first of three that will take place this year, with an event coming up in Redfield later in August and an event in Perry coming up in September.


Applications were received from low-income families for affordable home repairs and improvements through Dallas County Habitat for Humanity.


Two of the homes that will be worked on by volunteers through Habitat for Humanity are within the Adel City limits, one is a couple of miles south of town along Highway 169 and one is within the city limits of Van Meter.


Dallas County Habitat for Humanity has a “steering committee” that helps choose which cities to do projects in for Rock the Block.


“At the beginning of the year they chose Adel, Redfield and Perry as the three towns where we would concentrate our work this year,” said Omar Padilla, Dallas County Habitat for Humanity outreach coordinator.


He said that he was hoping to get five applications for each project, but they didn’t quite reach that mark for Adel.


The work that will be done on the properties will include scraping and painting, building and installing wooden stoops and stairs, leveling of dirt to prevent flooding, landscaping and tree trimming, siding repairs and more. There is also one project where they will be putting in laminate flooring.


“So there’s quite a bit of work,” Padilla said.


Normally, Padilla says that they would want volunteers to be registered to help out a couple of weeks before events like Rock the Block so they can coordinate the logistics as well as food and drinks for the workers. This time around, however, they will make an exception and allow volunteers to register the day of the event.


“This is our third year in Dallas County, so people are still learning who we are,” Padilla said. “So, the bottom line is people can show up at the (Adel-DeSoto-Minburn) High School on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and I will be happy to register them on site and give them directions to where to go to work.”


The preferred method of registration for volunteers is by going to the website at www.dallascountyhabitat.org, clicking on “volunteer” at the top of the page and then clicking on Adel and signing up for one of the work sessions. Those registering online can sign all of the necessary paperwork there, but will need to fill out those documents by hand if registering on site.


Dallas County Habitat for Humanity and the volunteers will meet in the parking lot at A-D-M High School in Adel at 8 a.m. and then be taken out to the work sites by crew leaders, where they will work each day from 8-11:30 a.m. and then from noon until 4 p.m. with lunch at 11:30 at the tent at the High School.


Rock the Block will take on Redfield from Aug. 29-31 and Perry from Sept. 20-23.