LINCOLN, Maine — A $5,000 donation from Hannaford Supermarkets has propelled a home-heating fundraising program to record heights, town officials said Thursday.
The donation raises the amount of money available to residents who need help paying their home-heating bills but can’t get it from any other programs to $10,476 as of Thursday, said Gilberte Mayo, the town’s administrative assistant.
“They [Hannaford officials] wanted to give something to participate in a special town fund and they called me,” Mayo said Thursday. “I said, ‘I have the perfect fund for you.’”
As proposed by former Town Manager Glenn 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.
A Hannaford community relations representative did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment on Thursday.
Other donations include $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 residents.
As part of the effort to help town residents stay warm this winter, Mayo renewed her call Thursday for able-bodied volunteers to help insulate the homes of senior citizens, residents with disabilities or people who cannot afford to insulate their homes themselves.
Home insulation or winterization kits offered by state’s Keep ME Warm Program will be distributed to David Lloyd, the town Public Works Department director, on Oct. 25. The kits will be used by the volunteers to insulate homes thereafter, Mayo said, or by anyone else interested in receiving them.
As many as 25 kits are due to go to the town.
People interested in receiving them, in having their homes insulated by volunteers, in contributing to the town home heating program or being served by it should call Mayo at the Lincoln Town Office at 794-3372 as soon as possible.
No one has yet indicated interest in having their homes insulated. A half-dozen families have applied for home-heating aid; 24 were served last winter, Mayo said.
Distributed through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Office to authorized volunteer groups, the kits include items such as window and door caulking, low-flow showerhead and faucet aerators, clear poly window covering and pipe insulation, Mayo said.
Mayo hopes to have the volunteers insulate homes starting after Oct. 25, and hopes that people interested in having their homes insulated would call her immediately, she said.
She hopes to avoid having the volunteers insulating homes in subfreezing temperatures, she said.
BDN writer Nick Sambides is among the volunteers who will help apply insulation kits to residents’ homes.