Volunteer

WindowDressers is a grassroots, volunteer-run nonprofit organization that trains, supplies, and supports teams of community volunteers who conduct Community Workshops to build insulating window inserts for local residents.

Volunteers for WindowDressers are typically motivated by environmental concerns, social and economic justice concerns, a love of making things with their hands, and/or a desire to participate in a community effort producing concrete, meaningful results.

Together, our volunteers have built over 27,000 custom-made insulating window inserts since 2010, with about 25% given away to low-income families. These inserts improve the warmth and comfort of homes, lower fuel bills, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Lincoln Street Center Volunteer

The Lincoln Street Center Volunteer assists at the heart of WindowDressers. Our central production facility constructs over 6,000 wooden frames or kits in a 4-month span. Under the guidance of our Production Manager, KC Heyniger, and our Assistant Production Manager, Christine Hunt, this work is done entirely by volunteers. Volunteers are needed every weekday between 8am and 4pm.

Come be a part of the busy hub of Lincoln Street Center – just stop in!  (Groups and corporate volunteering are welcome with advanced notice).

To arrange volunteer at the Lincoln Street Center, call KC, Production Manager  at 207-691-2030 or via e-mail at production@windowdressers.org

WindowDressers Local Coordinators

Local Coordinators (LCs) are in charge of organizing their local Community Workshop from start to finish. They work closely with the Director of Community Workshops to plan the collaboration. LCs typically spend 10-12 hours per week during the busy fall season leading up to their Community Workshop and may spend 4-6 hours per week in the spring and summer on early organizing efforts. Community Workshops recur year after year and most of our Local Coordinators continue to lead their teams in subsequent years.

Local Coordinators help WindowDressers achieve its mission by:

  • Recruiting households to receive inserts
  • Recruiting an organizing team
  • Assigning customers to Measuring Teams
  • Following up on customer payments, as necessary.
  • Scheduling the Community Workshop with the Director and securing a donated location
  • Organizing and scheduling Shift Supervisors to ensure coverage throughout the Community Workshop.
  • Participate in an established Community Workshop prior to their own in order to learn all tasks and learn how to train volunteers.
  • Communicating with the Director of Community Workshops regarding any problems, suggestions, successes, and needs.

To volunteer as a Local Coordinator to create a Workshop in your community, please contact Laura Seaton, Director of Community Workshops at director@windowdressers.org or 230-9902

WindowDressers Measurers

WindowDressers Measurers are our community-contact specialists. They work in teams to visit households in their community to evaluate and measure their windows, enter measurements in our custom software, and discuss payment options. Measurers typically contribute 20-30 hours total spread over 2-4 months. Many measurers also participate significantly in the Community Workshop. A detailed training is provided on all tasks and support is available as needed.

To volunteer, please contact the Local Coordinator of your nearest Community Workshop.

Or contact Laura Seaton, Director of Community Workshops at director@windowdressers.org or 230-9902

WindowDressers Volunteer Coordinator

The WindowDressers Volunteer Coordinator ensures the smooth running of the Community Workshop by recruiting and scheduling community participants. Volunteer Coordinators may also recruit and schedule local businesses to donate food for the Community Workshop participants. Volunteer Coordinators typically contribute 15-25 hours of time total, spread over the 2-4 weeks leading up to and including the Community Workshop.

To volunteer, please contact the Local Coordinator of your nearest Community Workshop.

Or contact Laura Seaton, Director of Community Workshops at director@windowdressers.org or 230-9902

Shift Supervisors

The WindowDressers Shift Supervisor trains and supports the volunteer participants during each shift of the Community Workshop. They typically contribute 10-15 hours per week for two nonconsecutive weeks.

To volunteer, please contact the Local Coordinator of your nearest Community Workshop.

Or contact Laura Seaton, Director of Community Workshops at director@windowdressers.org or 230-9902

Transport Crew

The WindowDressers Transport Crew is a team of 4 people who drive to our production center in Rockland, ME, load all of the Workshop supplies onto a rented truck, drive to their Workshop location, unload the supplies, and return the truck. At the end of the Community Workshop, they return all gear and unused supplies to Rockland.

To volunteer, please contact the Local Coordinator of your nearest Community Workshop.

Or contact Laura Seaton, Director of Community Workshops at director@windowdressers.org or 230-9902

Community Workshop Participant

The households that receive inserts are expected to participate in the Community Workshop where the inserts are built. However, we also need members of the community to contribute to the effort as well. Typically, you can sign up for a 4-hour shift and learn one simple step in the insert-building process. The steps are:

  • Applying “white tape” to the perimeter of the wooden frames.
  • Stretching plastic film across the frames and sticking it to the double-sided white tape (a team of two people work together)
  • Applying clear packing tape around the perimeter of the wooden frames after the plastic film has been applied.
  • Applying a strip of foam around the perimeter of the frame

Each job has “jigs” that make the job easier to do and for uniform quality. You will be trained at the beginning of your shift on how to do your task. Volunteering for multiple shifts is encouraged! Mid-shift snacks and a meal are provided to all Participants.

To volunteer, please contact the Local Coordinator of your nearest Community Workshop or sign up HERE.