Blackfeet Elders Welcome AmeriCorps Members
Energy Corps Members convene in Browning for weatherization event
Browning residents will be slightly warmer this winter, thanks to a weatherization event put on by the Montana Energy Corps AmeriCorps members with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). These weatherization efforts are part of Governor Schweitzer’s Warm Hearts Warm Homes initiative, encouraging Montanans to help their neighbors stay warm this winter. The event was jointly organized by NCAT and Opportunity Link of Havre; materials and support were also provided by Glacier Electric.
Nine Energy Corps members braved the whipping winds to retrofit tribal elders’ abodes. In a town where west-facing windows sometimes fracture due to the Glacier Front gales, sealing the house’s shell can mean the difference between a winter full of shivers and one of comfort. Thanks to Blackfeet Tribal Housing Authority staff, the Energy Corps AmeriCorps teams surpassed their largest obstacle: finding residences in a town where streets are seldom labeled. Once on site however, the teams demonstrated their prowess, adeptly plugging leaky walls, installing energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and outfitting showers with water-saving heads. A record 45 homes were weatherized in just two days and an additional 80 Winter Ready kits were distributed from the Browning Community Center. Thanks to AmeriCorps, 125 families will be slightly cozier around the holiday table!Written by Devin Cowan, Energy Corps AmeriCorps Alumni. Devin currently works as the Energy Intern Coordinator for Governor Schweitzer’s Energy Intern program. Learn more at energyintern.com.