NAME: Beth Lyons
IN THE NEWS: Beth Lyons was lately named government director of South Shore Habitat for Humanity.
NOW YOU KNOW: She went to highschool to change into a instructor however her first job out of faculty was on the New England Aquarium.
HER STORY: When she’s not exhausting at work at South Shore Habitat for Humanity, you will discover Beth Lyons on a ravishing seaside in Duxbury or on her household’s 20-year-old motorboat. She’s all the time someplace close to the water.
In her down time, Lyons enjoys spending time along with her household and is usually caring for her 86-year-old mom in Hingham, the city the place she grew up.
Though Lyons spent most of her profession in fundraising, she wasn’t all the time headed in that route. After graduating from Colby-Sawyer Faculty, she meant to change into a instructor however struggled to discover a place. She in the end landed a job on the New England Aquarium, the place she volunteered throughout the summers whereas in school.
Her expertise working on the aquarium is what pulled Lyons into the world of fundraising and advertising. Whereas elevating two younger youngsters, Lyons ran her personal enterprise working with nonprofits everywhere in the nation, from California to Florida. From 1995 to 2012, Lyons consulted with numerous organizations and helped them enhance their fundraising.
Along with her work on the aquarium, the job Lyons says formed her into the individual she is right this moment was her time with Houses for Our Troops, a nonprofit group that builds customized and specially-designed properties for injured post-9/11 veterans. Her bosses had been retired army personnel — one in all which she recalled was a two-star normal.
“I realized management abilities from them and actually there is not any higher method to study management abilities than from the army,” stated Lyons. “I feel that’s actually what has gotten me to the place I’m right this moment.”
Though Lyons is now the director of South Shore Habitat for Humanity, she remains to be capable of meet the volunteers and households who profit from the properties constructed by the group.
“I feel assembly the individuals — assembly the donors, assembly the volunteers, and the households — it’s unbelievable,” she stated. “These individuals who give their time to assist or give their monetary donations are superb, and our household companions are fairly superb too.”
Lyons stated there are lots of misconceptions in regards to the group — particularly that households obtain Habitat for Humanity properties without spending a dime. South Shore Habitat for Humanity properties are constructed by the assist of donations and are inexpensive choices for households who display want. Every house takes about 9 months to construct, relying on the fickle New England climate, and prices $800 a month, together with the standard mortgage, tax and insurance coverage.
Most lately, South Shore Habitat for Humanity accomplished a six-unit undertaking in Duxbury. The following undertaking might be inbuilt Easton.
Every grownup member of a household receiving a house should give 250 hours of volunteer work on the construct, which Lyons stated serves as a down cost on the home.
“It’s actually a labor of affection,” Lyons stated. “You possibly can’t assist however wish to assist these households as a result of they’re so invested within the undertaking and we actually spend money on the household. And we keep up a correspondence with them too.”