Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 11, 2013

McClain is Habitat volunteer of the year


CROSSVILLE — Each year, Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity recognizes an extraordinary volunteer for the honor of Volunteer of the Year. This year, they chose volunteer treasurer Pearl McClain. McClain has volunteered for the non-profit organization for nine years.

“Pearl is an invaluable part of the everyday workings of this organization. She balances the books, assists with the audit, prepares financial statements, reports financial information to the Habitat for Humanity board of directors and trains the assistant treasurer. Pearl has worked behind the scenes for a long time. It’s an honor to recognize and show her that we appreciate all the time and work she has put in to this organization. We are like family here, and Pearl is a big part of it all,” said Executive Director Melinda Weigle.

Before coming to Crossville, McClain and her husband lived in various cities in Michigan until they retired to Fairfield Glade in 1998. Her working career began as a bookkeeper during her high school years. She quickly realized bookkeeping would be her field of choice. After years of working her way up the ladder, McClain became treasurer and later promoted to vice president of finance and administration for Detroit Marine Terminals Inc.

McClain is also actively involved in her church, St. Francis of Assisi, and the Alzheimer's Tennessee organization. She first came to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity under the instruction of her husband, who was the current treasurer at that time.

“My husband brought me along to volunteer because he knew it would be something I would enjoy. He was so right. I have loved volunteering because of the work, the people you meet and knowing that what I contribute helps to build homes and give families a ‘hand-up.’ I love being part of the Habitat for Humanity organization. Everyone has been a tremendous help to me. It’s been like therapy especially these last few years. Receiving the Volunteer of the Year award was an overwhelming experience for me,” said McClain. 

Habitat for Humanity is thankful for all of the volunteers that choose to make a difference in the community through volunteering. If interested in joining the Habitat family of volunteers, call 484-4565, stop by the office at 329 McLarty Lane in Crossville or visit