KENNEBUNK — Habitat for Humanity of York County has received a grant of $10,000 from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation for their countywide weatherization program, Keep York County Warm!

The Sam L. Cohen Foundation is a private, philanthropic foundation supporting non-profit organizations in southern Maine.

Keep York County Warm! works to increase the energy efficiency and conservation for low-income households in York County by reducing energy use, lowering fuel bills, increasing the comfort of the home and safeguarding the health of the families. Low-income families spend a larger portion of their income on utilities which means they must stretch their budget to make ends meet or go without other necessities.

“The Sam L. Cohen Foundation has been a major sponsor of Habitat’s weatherization program in York County. We are thankful for their continued support which allows us to provide weatherization services at no cost to the families we serve.” said Amy Nucci, Habitat for Humanity of York County’s Executive Director. “Since 2012, the Cohen Foundation has provided $50,000 to assist Habitat in expanding and stabilizing the weatherization program to serve over 175 families in York County.”

The weatherization services provided by Keep York County Warm! have a direct impact on income-eligible families and seniors by reducing their heating and cooling costs, and improving health and safety issues.

Partnering with Efficiency Maine and local energy auditors allows KYCW! to leverage resources to provide higher quality, more efficient weatherization services. KYCW! volunteers attend weatherization trainings, build interior storm window inserts, and install weatherization materials and window inserts.

“The results included feeling a lot more warmth in the winter. Our oil went further and the work that they did also seemed to cut down the noise from outside. We were very pleased,” comments from a homeowner survey response revealed.

Habitat has many opportunities to volunteer on weatherization projects with Keep York County Warm!, on the Kirk Street Build in Springvale, at the ReStore, on a salvage, in the office or with special events.

Anyone interested in participating or donating to the local Habitat is encouraged to call the office at 985-4850 or visit the website at

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