TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Tamara Davis as the 42nd Lightning Community Hero of the season during the first period of tonight's game against the Detroit Red Wings. Davis, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Habitat for Humanity Pinellas County.
Having been in an abusive marriage, Davis worked up the courage to file for divorce. She was then left to make a life of her own and did not have stable living conditions, which gave her abusive ex-husband custody of the children. Determined to win back custody, Davis worked tirelessly to acquire transitional housing and regained custody. Her home was then set on fire and she lost everything. What happened after was the turning point that led to Davis's ambition to serve the community.
She applied for assistance through Habitat for Humanity and was eventually blessed with a new home. At her home dedication, Davis felt compelled to help others overcome adversity, just like what was done for her. Since then, she has been serving at Habitat for Humanity and is currently a board member. Over the past six years, she has contributed over 400 volunteer hours and has helped 111 families through the arduous 9 - 24 month home ownership process all while working a full time job and raising three children.
Habitat for Humanity Pinellas County is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit housing organization based on Christian principles. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with struggling low-income families and individuals to engage community volunteers, and corporate, civic and faith organizations to help build and renovate decent, affordable housing.