Volunteers for the Lincoln Academy/CHiP window inserts project include (from left): Project Coordinator Sarah Kennedy, LA residential students Gabriel Luna, Gabriela Ramos, Luca Tomasi, Coco Dedios, Nick Young, Brenda Beckers, Eren Aybas, and Poannara Kunthea. Photo courtesy Angela Kortemeier.

On Saturday, September 10 approximately 40 students from Lincoln Academy’s Resident Life and Ambassador Programs participated in Community Cares Day, a day of service organized by the Community Housing Improvement Project (CHiP). Students joined with 90 adult volunteers at CHiP project sites across Lincoln County. This year’s project at LA’s ATEC facility built 34 insulating window inserts. The inserts were then delivered to six homes participating in fuel assistance programs. A recipient in Damariscotta shared, “I’m so happy to receive these inserts. They’re beautiful and will keep the drafts out this winter! Thank you!”

This is the 4th year Lincoln Academy has hosted window insert construction at ATEC and the 6th year LA’s Residential Life program has volunteered with CHiP at the start of the school year. Students who have participated in this project in the past stepped into leadership roles providing instruction on design, tool safety, and construction.

This project is coordinated by ATEC instructor Ryan Wynne and Residential Life Assistant Sarah Kennedy. “I love this project because the window inserts are simple and lightweight but greatly reduce household fuel expenses,” said Kennedy. “Most of our students have never been involved in a project like this before, but in just one day they learn how to use the tools, and build something that really helps others.”

CHiP and Lincoln Academy extend special thanks to Hancock Lumber for their generous donation of materials and Round Top Ice Cream for a sweet treat to celebrate a very successful volunteer day!

More images from the Community Cares Window Insert Project are below and in this Flickr album.