Lincoln seeks handy helpers to insulate homes

Posted Sept. 11, 2008, at 12:18 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 7:25 a.m.

LINCOLN — If you’re handy with tools, know how to insulate a home or want to give back to a community to help with what might be a brutal winter, Gilberte Mayo has a job for you.

Building on a home-heating fundraising program begun by former Town Manager Glenn Aho, the town’s administrative assistant seeks able-bodied volunteers to help insulate the homes of senior citizens, residents with disabilities or people who cannot afford to insulate their homes themselves.

“I think people should do this as a way give back to community and if they cannot afford to donate to fuel assistance program, it’s another way they can contribute,” Mayo said Wednesday. “I already have one person who needs help. Once I get this up and running, I think I will get a lot more.

“We are not going to help anybody who can afford to hire help,” she added.

Mayo’s initiative has its roots in the state’s Keep ME Warm Program, in which the state distributed simple home-heating insulation kits to residents. Three volunteers from St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Winn, all retirees, helped insulate homes. They expressed interest Monday in resuming this year, she said.

As proposed by Aho, the Town Council voted 5-0 in January to approve a town fuel-aid program that targets those who could not get help elsewhere. The council authorized the contribution of $5,000 to it from the town’s $16,000 Landfill Timber Harvest account, which contains profits from town wood sales.

Including the $5,000, the program has raised $7,170 in fuel aid since its inception, Mayo has said. The donations included $500 from Mainely Rent to Own on West Broadway, $100 from D&D Paving Co., and assorted $50, $40 and $25 donations from town businesses such as Evergreen Enterprises, Gateway Press and Weatherbee Insurance Co. and various residents.

As of Wednesday, the program had $5,250, Mayo said.

“When we are talking $400 for just 100 gallons of home-heating oil, that’s not going to go far. I am hoping I get more contributions soon,” Mayo said.

With the insulation program, the work would likely be simple, basic stuff: caulking or shrink-wrapping windows and doors, Mayo said. Wherever possible the homeowner will buy the materials used. Mayo is also looking for donations, businesses or social-service agencies that would help provide insulating materials, she said.

Any major home-heating deficiencies discovered will be referred to Penquis or other social-service agencies that can help, Mayo said.

Besides helping Lincoln and its most vulnerable residents, volunteers will have a chance to learn how to better-insulate their own homes, Mayo said, and they will get some practice doing it. Mayo is also looking for expert advice about the best home-insulation methods.

Anyone interested in donating time, money, advice or supplies to the insulation program, or who needs help insulating a home, should telephone Mayo at 794-3372 or e-mail treasurer@lincolnmaine.org.

Keeping Lincoln Warm

WHO: Volunteers participating in a new town program

WHAT: Helping insulate the homes of seniors, residents with disabilities, or low-income residents

WHERE: Lincoln

WHEN: Whenever they can

WHY: To help Lincoln’s most vulnerable residents survive what might be a brutal winter and learn insulating skills

HOW: Contact town Administrative Assistant Gilberte Mayo, 794-3372 or treasurer@lincolnmaine.org

Source: Town of Lincoln

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