HDC MidAtlantic welcomes Chad Martin as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Relations

Dana Hanchin, President & CEO of HDC MidAtlantic, announced Chad Martin will serve as the organization’s new Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Relations.

“Chad will be a great asset as we build out our new Community Relations team, which will elevate HDC’s profile, leverage new resources and partnerships and advocate for more equitable housing policies and practices,” Hanchin said. “I am impressed with Chad’s passion for building strong teams that support and empower members to invest themselves fully and his deep commitment to the common good and inclusive leadership.”

As Director, Martin will oversee communications and public relations strategy, development of grant and individual donor resources, and creation of HDC Midatlantic’s advocacy program.

Martin brings nearly two decades of nonprofit management and board leadership to his role at HDC. He has served startup and established organizations at the board level, including currently serving on the Board of Trustees of Lancaster Theological Seminary. He has written for numerous professional and lay publications on topics ranging from religion to art to building preservation, and has been a regular columnist for Lancaster Newspapers.

Prior to joining HDC, Martin worked as Director of the National Fund for Partners for Sacred Places in Philadelphia, overseeing a $29 million capital grant-making and technical assistance program in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He has also served as a pastor at Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster.

Martin holds a Master of Arts degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Goshen College. He is a graduate of Leadership Lancaster and is completing an Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising. He currently lives in southeast Lancaster City with his wife and children.

HDC Welcomes New Director of Human Resources

Dana Hanchin, President & CEO of HDC MidAtlantic, announced Kimberly Fletcher will serve as the organization’s new Director of Human Resources.

“HDC MidAtlantic has big and bold plans for the future and Kimberly’s leadership will be a valuable asset to HDC’s growth as we align our human resources strategy with our new strategic direction, mission and values.” Hanchin said. “HDC values people above all else:  the people we serve and the people we surround ourselves with on the team are our highest priority. We are thrilled to have Kimberly aboard to help us attract, retain, and develop a high-performing diverse workforce.”

As Director of Human Resources, Fletcher will provide strategic direction, planning and management of the HDC MidAtlantic human resources functions and promote a culture of excellence, collaboration, diversity and inclusion.

Fletcher has more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources development including strategic management, recruitment, employee relations, training, onboarding, benefits administration, professional development administration and special events coordination and has worked with individuals from diverse economic, academic and cultural backgrounds. She holds The Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification and the Society for Human Resources Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) Certification. In addition, Fletcher also has experience in college administration, and has worked in human resources in the printing, publishing and banking industries.

Prior to joining HDC, Fletcher served as the Chief Personnel Officer for Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County (CAP). She has also previously worked for Montgomery Early Learning Centers, a non-profit established to address unmet needs for local childcare, especially those of low-income families in Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

Fletcher earned a bachelor’s degree in Drama from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Both she and her family have spent several years acting and modeling for both print and television and she has also served as a voice-over talent for several projects. Fletcher has held several volunteer positions, including Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation (Board Member) and Bright Side Opportunities Corporation (Personnel Committee).  She also serves as a mentor for the Lancaster Chamber’s Women in Business Mentoring Program and is a member of the Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter of The Drifters, Inc., which raises scholarship money for students of color attending college.

Little Free Library Opens at Oak Bottom Village

When imagining a library, you typically think of a large, old, looming building. But at Oak Bottom Village in Quarryville, PA, the library is quite the opposite.

The community recently opened a Little Free Library to encourage residents to “take a book and share a book.” The library is a small wooden structure lined with shelves to hold books residents can exchange. Little Free Libraries have been established across the country to provide increasing access to books for people of all ages and backgrounds and millions of books have been exchanged through the program.

Oak Bottom’s Little Free Library is the result of another community initiative, the Fresh Express program through Central PA Food Bank, which provides fresh produce to residents living in designated food deserts.

Sylvia Drennen, director of the Quarryville Library, visited Oak Bottom during a Fresh Express distribution day and noticed the small library (two bookshelves of books) in the corner of Oak Bottom’s community room. She reached out to Resident Services Coordinator Jennifer Santiago, mentioning that Solanco School District had a grant to build Little Free Libraries throughout the district.

Santiago knew this was an opportunity for residents.  She jumped at the chance to increase access to learning and literacy in the community. Drennen connected Santiago with Karen Burkhart, an employee of the school district to begin the process.  Burkhart was already familiar with HDC MidAtlantic having been both a former resident at Oak Bottom and a former employee of the organization. Drennen, Burkhart and Santiago collaborated to install the Little Free Library at Oak Bottom.

HDC MidAtlantic, Solanco School District and Quarryville Library hosted a soft opening for the library this summer to celebrate with Oak Bottom and Quarryville residents. Moving forward, a Quarryville Library volunteer will replenish the books on regularly.

While the library is housed at Oak Bottom, it is accessible to everyone in the community and both Oak Bottom and Quarryville residents are encouraged to “check out” and share books through the library. It’s already served as a useful tool for parents in the community looking to help their children stay on top of their summer reading during the school break. Residents can locate the library using the Little Free Library map available online.

Click here for more information about the Little Free Library or HDC MidAtlantic’s Resident Services.