Volunteers needed for ‘Keep ME Warm’ campaign

15 years ago

    Winter is here and many Mainers will be struggling to keep warm when the temperatures go down and the snow starts to fly. Are you interested in helping those who are unable to winterize their homes this winter?
    The Keep ME Warm Program will provide winterization materials to community volunteers to help winterize homes of eligible residents. Plan to attend the Aroostook County training to be held at the Presque Isle Extension Office, located at 57 Houlton Road in Presque Isle. Pre-registration is required.  Contact Margaret at Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers Maine at 207-386-5081 or via e-mail at Margaret@habitat7rivers.org to preregister. A date for the training will be announced once minimum registration numbers have been met.
    The KMW 09 program is different from last year’s program and it is intended to move the program toward a sustainable model and provide a broader energy savings impact for Maine homes long term. One important example of this is direct volunteer team access to a list of weatherization items through a contracted vendor and customized window inserts designed by Charlie Wing, nationally renowned author and energy expert, and produced through a collaborative effort with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, the Maine Department of Corrections, Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers Maine and Maine State Housing Authority (MaineHousing).
    To launch the KMW 09 effort we are offering 10 trainings across Maine, featuring Wing as instructor, for volunteers and teams to prepare for this winter’s projects. Training is a prerequisite for accessing KMW 09 funded weatherization materials. At least one person on each “team” (3-4 person), planning to install weatherization items in residents’ homes, must have completed the training.
    KMW 09 program resources (windows and weatherization materials) are free to teams, but are extremely limited (enough to serve approximately 2,400 of more than 70,000 eligible Maine residents), and will be allocated based on 2008 percentages of Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) eligible residents per county.  At the county level, these limited resources will be allocated based on a first come, first served basis of eligible residents and available teams to provide assessment and installation.
    If anyone wants to form or join a local volunteer team in order to help install basic weatherization materials in homes in your region, please contact Margaret at Habitat for Humanity/ 7 Rivers Maine at 207-386-5081 or via e-mail at Margaret@habitat7rivers.org. Or visit www.VolunteerMaine.org to search for volunteer opportunities available with existing local teams or organizations. No prior experience is needed to take the training and you may attend any of the ten trainings offered throughout the state. Trainings last approximately four hours.