Habitat for Humanity welcomes new director
Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity has announced the appointment of Tina Sigler McDowell as executive director. A graduate of Clarion University with a bachelor’s in education, McDowell most recently worked with the Northcentral PA Chapter of the American Red Cross in Williamsport. She also has held leadership roles at Union County United Way in Lewisburg and TIME, a community and economic development program in Milton, as well as serving as the director of student volunteer services at Bucknell University. McDowell is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Susquehanna Valley and has served in volunteer roles with Boy Scouts of America, Junior Achievement of Central PA, the YMCA, Community Harvest Soup Kitchen in Milton and the SUN Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.
“Tina brings valuable volunteer and non-profit management experience to our organization,” said Kristine Combs, affiliate operations coordinator. “We are looking forward to her leadership as we continue to serve the hard-working people of our area.”
McDowell has experience in the areas of fundraising, program development and implementation, volunteer management and community-based collaborative initiatives, all essential to the Habitat for Humanity mission of partnering with families in need to own decent, affordable homes.
Habitat homes are rehabilitated or built primarily with volunteers using money contributed by supporters. The families have to go through a selection process that includes income verification, seeing if they are credit worthy and financially responsible. Families who qualify for Habitat homes pay their mortgage back over a 30-year period with no interest. They are also required to work 250 hours for each adult in the household as sweat equity, with 100 hours working on their own home. These are hard-working families with a real need who work with volunteers not only to build homes, but to build strong relationships and give back to the community they live in.
“I’m thrilled to be on board and look forward to leading the organization in making a positive impact in the lives of residents in the four counties that we serve. There is so much potential to create sustainable change in our local communities. Habitat has a great foundation rooted in empowerment of families, working side by side with them to succeed,” McDowell said.
Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity serves Lycoming, Bradford, Tioga and eastern Clinton counties.
For more information on how to volunteer time or make a donation, visit www.lycominghabitat.org or contact Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity at 540 Lycoming St., or call 322-2515.
Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity can also be found on Facebook.