It takes a lot of help to build house…and we can’t do it without you!
Your gift helps Habitat for Humanity transform lives.
Donations from our local community help us to make an impact in the accessibility of safe, decent, affordable housing for working, low-income families. We believe that creating opportunities for success and stability for families contributes to the health and strength of communities.
Your donation to Habitat is tax-deductible. Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity is overseen by a board of directors made up of individuals from the local community. We operate in the Greater Lycoming area and all funds are raised locally. We do not receive funding from Habitat International.
We do support the efforts of Habitat International by tithing a percentage of all donations, unless the donation is restricted to be used locally.
Call us at (570) 322-2515 to find out more about how you can become a Habitat supporter.
Our Organization is BUILT on our Volunteers!
Your time & efforts help Habitat for Humanity transform lives.
Greater Lycoming Habitat has opportunities for almost anyone to be involved as a volunteer with many of our programs, both construction and non-construction. While we welcome volunteers with experience or training, it’s not necessary. We’re happy to teach you everything you need to know to help make a difference. From pounding nails to helping in our ReStore or writing newsletter articles, we can use your help!
To become a Habitat Volunteer, complete the form below. Our staff will then contact you to set up a time to talk about how you can get involved.
The Habitat ReStore is a good deal for you, your community, & the environment.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently-used furniture, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Habitat for Humanity ReStore is proudly owned and operated by Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity. All proceeds from the ReStore are used locally to build homes, community and hope. Donations are tax deductible.
The Habitat ReStore’s mission is to:
- Provide funding to support Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity’s programs.
- Expand opportunities to serve the community by selling low-cost materials.
- Provide good stewardship of sustainable resources in the community.
- Expand volunteer opportunities within the Habitat Organization.
Donating to the ReStore
The ReStore thrives on donations from retail and commercial businesses, contractors and individuals. Your donation is vital to the survival of the ReStore and Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity.
ReStore inventory changes daily. Call
ReStore Hours & Location:
Tuesday – Friday: 9am – 4pm
Saturday: 8am – Noon
A Brush with Kindness
Minor Exterior Repairs, Landscaping, & Clean-Up
A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) is a nation-wide Habitat effort to serve low-income homeowners in maintaining safe and attractive home exteriors. This initiative is a partner to Habitat’s core Home Construction Program and focuses on smaller exterior home projects such as minor repairs, landscaping, and clean-up. By using volunteers and donated materials we do our best to make projects affordable for all program participants. ABWK allows us to serve a different population than we do in our Home Construction Program, yet follows the same basic tenets for eligibility (need, ability to pay, willingness to partner). It is a direct fit with Habitat’s strategic plan to exponentially increase the number of families that we serve.
Home construction is at the heart of what we do.
Habitat for Humanity houses around the world are built according to the same guiding principles:
- Simple: Simple. Habitat houses are modestly-sized and have “no frills”. They are large enough for the needs, but small enough to keep maintenance costs to a minimum.
- Decent: Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally-available building materials. Every effort is made to make each home as energy efficient as possible. Habitat house designs reflect the local climate and culture.
- Affordable: The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and no-profit loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase Habitat houses.
Homeownership Program Information
Through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans.
Who do we serve?
Habitat partners with people who meet three basic criteria:
- Need: Applicants will be eligible for our program if they are currently living in conditions that are not adequate based on size, structural condition, or safety concerns. Applicants will also be considered eligible if they are currently spending more than 50% of their gross income for rent. Applicants must not be eligible for traditional mortgage programs.
- Ability to Pay: Applicants must have a steady income to pay their mortgage. We serve people whose income is between 30% to 60% of the Greater Lycoming County Area’s median income.
- Willingness to Partner: Applicants must agree to work 250 sweat equity hours per adult in the household (18 years old and older). The maximum hours for a household are 500. Partner families are also responsible for a $1,000 down payment. Some workshops/classes are required, including a financial management/budgeting class.
Apply for Homeownership Program
To Apply for our Homeownership Program
- Please download and complete the following documents:
Tina McDowell joined the staff as Executive Director of Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity in May of 2013 and brought with her 20+ years of experience in non-profit management and administration. Additionally, Tina has a vast background in fund raising, volunteer management and program coordination. She has previously worked for a number of nonprofit, international human service organizations such as the United Way, the YMCA, and the American Red Cross. Tina holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and has also worked in the Higher Education field as a Student Volunteer and Community Service Program Director at Bucknell University. Being passionate about advocating for education as a foundation for stable, healthy communities and having a personal interest in hunger and food insecurities has led Tina to her career with Habitat. She admits that her most important and rewarding job is that of being a parent to her two sons, she’s also a dog lover, enjoys DIY projects, and gardening. She lives in Milton with her sons and two dachshunds. Tina can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 570 322 2515 Ext 301
Jenny Thorsen joined the staff at Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity in May of 2011 as the ReStore Manager. She has worked in various non-profits within Lycoming and Clinton county area for over 35 years, spending much of her career as a medical social worker. Additionally, Jenny as worked in other retails settings in Lewisburg; including her own side antique business at a local co-op. Jenny received her BS in Social Work from Lock Haven State College and later attended graduate school in Penn States’ Department of Rural Sociology and Agricultural Economics. She lives in an old farmhouse in Eastern Lycoming County, enjoys her “weekend warrior” projects, and being outdoors with her two dogs. Jenny can be reached at email@example.com or 570 322 2515 Ext 307
Arion Moser brings a background of non-profit business management, program development, volunteer management, communications, customer service, youth programming, and summer camp experience to the table as the Program Director with GLHFH. Joining the staff in January of 2014, Arion left behind a 15 year career with the YMCA. She holds a BS in Youth Development and Non-Profit Business Management (with a minor in Sociology and YMCA Professional Studies) from Springfield College in Massachusetts. Arion’s goal has always been to be able to do good in communities and helping others to create positive change. When not working she enjoys reading, part time bar tending, being outdoors, and planning vacation to her favorite escape, Silver Bay, located in Lake George, NY. Arion lives in Milton with her beloved, yet sassy cat, Addie. Arion can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570 322 2515 Ext 303
Affiliate Services Coordinator
Lori Digan is the Affiliate Services Coordinator and the Fiscal Assistant with Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity. She graduated from Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2000 with an Associates Degree in Business Management. Lori also brings to the table several years of experience in retail, along with knowledge of the banking industry. When she’s not glued to her computer, Lori enjoys working in her garden as well as hiking and camping. Lori can be reached at email@example.com or 570 322 2515 Ext 302
AmeriCorps Service Member
Susan M. Elliott is serving as an Administrative Assistant through the AmeriCorps Program here at GLHFH and brings a vast background to the staff. As a life-long learner, she holds and Associates Degree from WACC (now known as Penn Tech) in General Studies, a BA from Lycoming College in Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology (with a minor in Women’s Studies) and has spent additional time studying Counseling Education with a Chemical Dependency Emphasis and is working toward a degree. Susan is retired from STEP, Inc/’s Social Service Assistance Program and has also spent time working as a Case Manager at the State Correctional Institute in their Mental Health Unit. She’s completed internships with Northern Tier Children & Youth, Shepherd of the Streets and Wise Options. If all her studies haven’t been enough to fill her time, Susan also volunteers with the Salvation Army! Susan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570 322 2515 Ext 304
AmeriCorps Service Member
Martin Grafius is serving as an Assistant Program Director through AmeriCorps here at Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity. He graduated from Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2009 with an Associates Degree in Physical Fitness and also in 2014 with a Bachelors Degree in Applied Health. Martin has previous experience working in the non-profit sector as a Fitness Coordinator, providing personal training for people with physical and/or mental disabilities. He is glad to have the opportunity to serve in the community via GLHFH. In Martin’s spare time he enjoys exercising, writing, and most things nerdy. Martin can be reached at email@example.com or 570 322 2515 Ext 305
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