Lowes and United Way support Habitat

Lowes of Montoursville and Lycoming County United Way are the main supporters for the current Linn Street addition construction being completed by Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity in the Newberry area of Williamsport.

A $21,000 grant that was received from Lowes coupled with a $7,500 mini-grant from the United Way made it possible for the non-profit to start the build at the site earlier this summer.

With completion projected for September, the house will be home to Libby Williams and her five children.

The addition to the Linn Street home was made possible when the home was deeded back to the organization by its original Habitat owner.

“It’s a little unusual for us to construct an addition,” said Ana White, home development coordinator for Habitat. “But this project was perfect for the Williams family. Enhancing the existing structure was a great way to go. We’re so happy to help this deserving and responsible family to have a home that suits their needs so well without starting a build from scratch.”

Habitat homes are built or rehabilitated primarily with volunteers using money contributed by supporters, according to Tina McDowell, executive director of the local Habitat affiliate.

Families must go through a selection process that includes income verification and determination of credit-worthiness and financial responsibility. Families that qualify for Habitat homes pay their mortgages back over a 30-year period with no interest. They also are required to work 250 hours for each adult in the household as sweat equity, with 100 hours working on their own homes. These are hard-working families with a real need who work with volunteers not only to build homes but also to build strong relationships and give back to the communities where they live.

Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity serves Lycoming, Bradford, Tioga and eastern Clinton counties.

For more information on how to volunteer or make a donation, visit, visit Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity at 540 Lycoming St. or call 322-2515.

Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity also can be found on Facebook.