In 2019, SJC was the host site for an AmeriCorps program for the second year in a row. Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Heather Craig, was the lead role in a window insert program for families who needed relief from winter heating fuel costs.
Maine has many families who face unsustainably high heating costs in winter. The Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship (an AmeriCorps program coordinated by Maine Campus Compact), addresses this need by organizing a home weatherization initiative. Students, staff, and faculty coordinated with several community organizations and built 172 insulating window inserts for 20 families in the local area. The Raymond Village Community Church provided the space for community members to gather and build the inserts. These frames were wrapped with foam edging and plastic coverings to enable more comfortable home temperatures and to save on heating costs.
News Coverage in the Media:
Keep Raymond Warm: Volunteers Needed | Windham Eagle
Community efforts and initiatives to improve lives through energy efficiency initiative | Windham Eagle
Mainers help ease sting of winter heating costs for low-income families | Catholic News Service