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Former Lawrence Co. commissioner tapped to lead local Habitat group



Published: Thu, August 11, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The local Habitat affiliate received a grant to fund the director's position.

YOUNGSTOWN -- Brian Burick, a former Lawrence County commissioner, will be the first executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning County, the organization announced Wednesday.

As full-time director of the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Burick will oversee day-to-day operations, coordination of volunteers and the acquisitions of building sites and materials.

The local affiliate recently received a grant from the international organization to fund the executive director position for three years, which requires that director to oversee a three-year strategic business growth plan submitted with the grant application.

Burick has previously handled housing issues in a congressional district office and served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. He also created the Lawrence County Affordable Housing Trust Fund and Access Lawrence County, a program to make home modifications for handicapped individuals with low incomes.

Burick lives in New Castle, Pa. along with his wife and two children.

Director duties

One of Burick's first duties will be assisting in the planning of the affiliate's first Golden Hammer Benefit Awards Dinner for Oct. 2, which will honor local donors, service clubs, churches and volunteers.

Habitat for Humanity International founder Millard Fuller will speak at the dinner, where the affiliate hopes to raise enough money to build a Habitat home in 2006.

Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 to build affordable homes for low-income people. The local affiliate was founded in 1989 and has since operated with only one paid position, a part-time paid construction coordinator, and the help of many volunteers.




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