Downeast Community Partners (DCP) presented an award for Partner of the Year to Maine Seacoast Mission (MSM) staff Dec. 4. From left, Megan Burgess, MSM; Scott Planting, MSM; Wendy Harrington; MSM, Betsy Fitzgerald, DCP Board President; Maurice Tenney, MSM and Scott Shaw, MSM. PHOTO COURTESY OF DOWNEAST COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Nonprofits team up for weatherization

CHERRYFIELD — Downeast Community Partners (DCP) named the Maine Seacoast Mission as its first partner of the year at its first annual board meeting Dec. 4.

The two organizations are collaborating on a Home Repair and Weatherization 2018 Program. The program combines federal and state programs with a grant from the C. F. Adams Charitable Trust and volunteer labor to repair and weatherize homes in Washington County and the Schoodic Peninsula area of Hancock County, Mission staff members Wendy Harrington and Scott Shaw explained at the meeting.

Because weatherization dollars are federally-sourced, there are limits in how they can be spent, according to a statement from DCP. When the Weatherization work is complete, a house has to meet certain federal standards. However, the available dollars are often insufficient to get some homes to those standards.

In the past, DCP staff has had to walk away from such projects.

But with this partnership and the foundation funding, the Mission is able to go in with volunteers and materials and complete enough of the repairs that DCP can weatherize the home, possibly replace the heating system and work on the roof.

“By the time both groups are finished, the house meets the federal guidelines, but more importantly, the house is weather-tight, and a family is able to be warm, safe, and dry,” the statement said. “As a result of this program, there are 26 such houses that are now in much better repair in Washington County and the Schoodic Peninsula.”

For more information about Downeast Community Partners or the home repair and weatherization program, contact Mark Green at 610-5904 or [email protected]

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