Grant money is being made available to help homeowners ditch their oil furnace and get one that burns wood pellets instead.
One of the programs using that grant money is the “Model Neighborhood Project” which is now working with homeowners in Farmington and Wilton get up to 8-thousand dollars in rebates to install a wood pellet boiler.
Right now, wood pellets are providing the same amount of heat for anywhere between 40 to 50-percent lower than oil. Richard Wilde of Farmington, is one of the first homeowners to take advantage of the program.
He got more than 6-thousand dollars in rebates to offset the installation cost of his wood pellet boiler system… which cost a little more than 19-thousand dollars. Wilde says, in January alone, he saved 268-dollars in fuel costs.
‘Everybody is trying to save money. This was really a good idea, it looks like we will be saving about 12-hundred dollars a year putting this in,’ said Wilde.
WMCA’s in-person assisters can help you find the right health insurance plan for you. Open enrollment ends on March 31, 2014. Find help from a navigator like Jake. You may be surprised at just how affordable your health insurance premium will be. A recently released report shows that a high percentage of uninsured Mainers qualify for financial assistance with their monthly premiums when they enroll.
As we watch the Winter Olympics and cheer on our amazing young athletes, we can’t help but cringe when we witness the mishaps during the journey to gold. What a reminder that no matter how invincible we feel, no matter how hard we’ve trained and worked to be at the top of our game, disaster can be a snowboard jump away. I can’t imagine the extraordinary medical costs associated with some of these highly public athletic accidents. I’m reminded that there are still lots of “invincibles” here in Maine who may not be thinking about the importance of checking out health insurance in the Marketplace. The countdown is on. Check out your options and consider enrolling once you have all the facts. March 31 is the end of open enrollment. And while you’re thinking about it, take a look at this recent contest winner’s video: Just Give It a Call
Fifty years ago, on January 8, 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Act that signaled the beginning of the War on Poverty. The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 provided for community-based local solutions to poverty and included a foundation for effective local organization focused on ways to address issues identified as barriers to economic self-sufficiency. Now, 50 years later, there are statistics and data to demonstrate the degree to which “poverty programs” have had an impact. The War on Poverty, a blog in the Washington Post, provides historical background, and a wealth of information, including statistical data.
WMCA is looking for volunteers with an interest in helping uninsured Mainers enroll in health insurance that meets their needs by becoming “Health Marketplace Navigators”. The Navigator program will rely on volunteers to give their time helping people access the new benefits available to them. WMCA is currently recruiting volunteers to fill this role. Volunteer Health Navigators will:• Complete 20 hours of online training and pass a test to receive certification.
• Provide one-on-one assistance to people applying for and enrolling in new coverage options.
• Help Community Action staff with group enrollment events at places like libraries and community colleges.
• Assist with public outreach and educational events. As a Volunteer Navigator, you will be able to participate at a level that fits with your availability. Whether you want to help out for 40 hours a week — or just once or twice a month, your program staff will work with you to set an appropriate schedule.
WMCA is hosting a Rangeley Elder Independence Project planning meeting on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at the Church of the Good Shepherd from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. This meeting is a follow-up to an informational listening session held on July 12, 2013.
The goal for the August 14th planning session is to gather a group of Rangeley residents together who’d like to learn more about the project, and who might be willing to commit some time to organizing and implementing new volunteer-based community resources. Contact Janice Daku at 207-860-4461 to RSVP, or for more information, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Light refreshments will be served.
At WMCA our “On Call” Program was designed to help support the needs of our communities with a holistic approach for improving quality of life. Our On Call staff has been trained in all WMCA service areas, as well as other organizations’ services in our areas, and can offer information and guidance related to all of our communities programs. If you have any questions about how a program works, what are the qualifications, or where should you go for services, our staff can help you.
On Call is your liaison to facilitate smooth delivery of services and ensure that you are connected with all available resources to meet the needs of you and your family.
It is our goal that with one call to us, we can identify areas where we can be of assistance and provide you with information that will empower you and help to remove all barriers to self-sufficiency.
On Call is here for you Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM