letter to the editor: Window Dressers

Window Dressers volunteers, sponsors contribute to keeping Mainers warm

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 3:30pm

The 8th annual Window Dressers community workshop is now history and we want to extend our thanks to everyone who made it a great success. In 14 days at the Belfast Boathouse, we made 426 new, polyolefin-wrapped interior storm window inserts and rewrapped 55 older inserts. Close to 150 individual volunteers, including most of our able-bodied customers, built frames and wrapped them or provided food.  

Window Dressers is a volunteer-driven nonprofit that makes these inserts to keep Mainers more comfortable in all types of homes. Our inserts help customers save money on fuel, reduce carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels, and have a great time working together.

This year, Belfast Window Dressers was grateful to receive a grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund (https://grassrootsfund.org/) that contributed significantly to the costs of inserts for lower income households in Waldo County. 35% of our customers, who could not otherwise pay for inserts, were only asked to donate toward their cost.

We want to extend special thanks to the City of Belfast for allowing us to use the Boathouse again this year and to Norman Poirier, Director of Parks and Recreation, for all his support during our workshop.

The following local businesses and churches provided meals, gift cards, cash, crews of volunteers, insert deliveries, wood glue, boxes, and more:

Bank of America

Belfast Co-op

Belfast Dental Care

Belfast United Methodist Church

Bell the Cat

Chase’s Daily 

Crumbs’ Provisions 

Delvino’s Grill and Pasta House 

Dockside Family Restaurant 


Eat More Cheese

Green Store

Hannaford Supermarkets

Harborwalk Restaurant 

John’s Ice Cream

Moonbat City Baking 

Nautilus Seafood & Grill

St. Francis Catholic Church 

Unitarian-Universalist Church of Belfast

Viking Lumber

Waldo County Technical Center


For more information about Window Dressers, please visit www.windowdressers.org.


Corliss Davis, Local Coordinator

Steering Committee members: Neva Allen, Dean Anderson, Gretchen Bond, Judy Bond, Fred Bowers, Jerry and Mary Brand, Bill Colcord, Ernie Cooper, Rick Davis, Jasmine Fowler, Nina Lowe, Peter McBride, Mollie Noyes, Dennis Payeur, John Terry, Liza Wheeler, Chris Wright