The 10 Habitat for Humanity International affiliates in Maine are now forming Habitat for Humanity Maine for the purpose of delivering several statewide initiatives, the most urgent of which, is a weatherization program.

Dead River Company is donating $50,000 in seed money to launch the program.

Habitat for Humanity International is represented in Maine by 10 regional organizations, which up to now, have operated independently, serving their individual areas. Arundel, Augusta, Auburn, Bangor, Bath, Ellsworth, Portland, Rockport, Searsport, and Waterville.

Habitat for Humanity Maine still will serve their regions according to their own organizational plans, but will jointly carry out several statewide initiatives.

In Maine, Habitat for Humanity, which is best known for building new, individual homes for low-income homeowners, averages 12 to 15 new homes per year. The weatherization program aims to help as many as 300 families per year.

Dead River Company, whose philanthropic priorities are fuel and food assistance, sees this initiative as a natural fit and pledges to support the Habitat for Humanity Maine weatherization program.