Straight from the TAP – Pamela Ewing

August 31, 2021 | General RCAP News

Pamela Ewing is a Rural Development Specialist with RCAP’s Great Lakes partner, the Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP), and has been employed with them for twelve years.

Prior to working at GLCAP, Pam was with the USDA Rural Development for 27 years scattering around Ohio in various offices whilst working in multiple programs in the agency, spending most of her time in the water and waste disposal program. She retired in 2007 and then joined GLCAP in 2009 after a whopping two years of retirement. Life changes pushed Pam to come back into work, but she has enjoyed working with GLCAP.

Working with communities is something Pam enjoys and believes its meaningful just to help communities get through these projects because it can be overwhelming for them to get through it. Luckily, COVID-19 hasn’t impacted her work too much as they were able to adjust and utilize video conferences. According to Pam, “things sure didn’t slow down for us at all. Projects kept coming.”

When asked about her favorite part of being a TAP, Pam responded that working with the communities is the most rewarding. There have been a few communities that have come back over the years or projects that have been segmented within communities.

“Seeing that they appreciate our help, and they must, because they come back for multiple projects. It’s always nice to see them come back and ask for our services again.”

Pam’s future goals revolve around continuing to work until retirement finds her someday. Thank you, Pam, for all of the hard work and dedication you’ve shown to improve the quality of life, starting at the tap. We always wanted to congratulate Pam for winning our Outstanding Mentor of the Year award for 2021!

Below you’ll find our interview in full, including her journey from high school to USDA RD, her current work load and her future aspirations!