Member Spotlight: September 2018

 Member Spotlight:

Tracy Solan
Development Associate, Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity

 

What led you to your position at the Ronald McDonald House? 
Long story short, my husband and I returned to Northeast Ohio in June 2017 because of our wonderful experience here in the past – the people and their kindness, the culture, and the “hometown” feel.  After working in the nonprofit sector for 10 years, I knew I wanted to continue working with an organization addressing the needs in the community. Along came Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity! I am blessed to work with such a wonderful, intelligent, and caring team while helping individuals and families in need of decent and affordable housing.

What is most challenging in your position? What is most rewarding?
In my role as Development Associate, I focus on community relationships with churches, schools, and organizations in both Lake and Geauga Counties. With such a large territory to cover, at times I feel I need a clone of myself to share the impact Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity has in our community. With that said, our hard work and dedication to assist families and individuals with proper shelter, is most rewarding when a homeowner takes residence in their own Habitat home.

How does your job make a difference in your community?
My job allows me to meet with Lake and Geauga residents and community leaders to share the important work of Habitat for Humanity. With our help, Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity homeowners achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future for themselves and their families. We also provide the community with a variety of volunteer opportunities such as working at the build site and the ReStore, and serving on committees. By providing these volunteer opportunities, residents of Lake and Geauga counties have additional ways to be involved and engaged within the community.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?
Oh goodness, Northeast Ohio has so much to offer! From the parks, the food scene, the museums, and everything in between, my husband and I are always exploring! When I am not playing tourist, you can find me snuggling with our two dogs, reading, or in the kitchen baking.

How does being an FVA member benefit you in your position?
As a new member of FVA, I am excited about the networking opportunities to meet and connect with others serving in various communities in Ohio. Additionally, I feel the professional development workshops will assist me in growing both professionally and personally.  

Learn more about Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity and how to get involved at http://lake-geaugahabitat.org/ 

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