Representatives of Leadership Lycoming Class of 2013 and Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity met recently to address marketing needs for the local nonprofit affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.
Needs include providing better public awareness of Habitat's mission in the community, encouraging volunteer participation in various aspects of the organization and publicizing the need for charitable donations.
Leadership Lycoming is a specialized training program designed to understand the needs of the community it serves and develop and motivate effective leaders committed to using their skills and talent for the betterment of their community. The intent of the Leadership Lycoming Community Project Partnership is to help Leadership Lycoming participants understand the value of community leadership.
From left are Leadership Lycoming Class of 2013 members Megan Lehman, Sherry Paulhamus, Greg Harrison, Heather Willis, Stacie Shearer and Jamie Snyder. Joe Geffre was absent from the photo.
"We are very pleased to be getting their assistance and expertise," said Ana White, home development coordinator. "We operate with a very small staff which calls for tireless work on our part and committed volunteers are always an important piece," White explained. "I'm impressed with their dedication to help us and their commitment to make a difference."
Members of Leadership Lycoming tasked with providing marketing expertise to the Habitat Organization are as follows: Joseph Geffre, director of mail and document services, shipping and receiving for Pennsylvania College of Technology; Greg Harrison, vice president, marketing and communications for Susquehanna Health; Megan Lehman, with Lycoming County Department of Planning-Community Development; Sherry Paulhamus, office coordinator, Range Resources-Appalachia, LLC; Stacie Shearer, North East recruitment specialist, Halliburton Energy Services; Jamie Snyder, vice president of operations for North Central Sight Services Inc.; and Heather Willis, associate attorney with McNerney, Page, Vanderlin and Hall.
Habitat's next home build will take place on Diamond Street in the Newberry section of the city, according to White. The Habitat vision is to have a community in which everyone has a decent place to live, which they call putting their faith into action.
To be chosen, families go through a selection process that includes income verification to determine if they are credit-worthy and financially responsible, White noted. Habitat homes are then rehabilitated or built primarily with volunteers using money contributed by supporters.
Homeowners provide 250 hours of sweat equity, with 100 hours working on their own home, and carry a 30-year mortgage on the property.
For more information on how you can volunteer your 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 also is on Facebook.