Order Your Windows Today for the 2024 WindowDressers Build in York!

We are bringing the community together to help people and the planet.

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York Ready for Climate Action will host a WindowDressers’ Community Build in York from October 21- October 25, 2024, at St. Christopher’s Church. As we prepare for colder temperatures in Maine, window inserts provide a low-cost upgrade for leaky windows in most any home.

WindowDressers is a volunteer-run nonprofit that brings community volunteers together to improve the warmth and comfort of interior spaces, lower heating costs, and reduce emissions by producing custom-fit, low-cost, insulating window inserts. They do this by having Community Builds, a 5-7 day “pop-up” event, where over 100 volunteers come together to build inserts for their community. Together, volunteers help assemble approximately 200 inserts for between 40 and 50 families who have requested them.


“Each person has learned a simple step in an assembly process, with different jobs for a wide range of abilities and mobility levels. Another volunteer is putting out a meal to share. Those who are receiving the inserts are working alongside other community volunteers,” reads the WindowDressers’ website. “This is a WindowDressers Community Build. It is like an old-fashioned barn raising or quilting bee— for windows!”

Each insulating window insert is made of a custom-made pine frame wrapped in two layers of tightly-sealed, clear polyolefin film and finished with a compressible foam gasket. The foam allows enough give for the inserts to be easily slid into place in the fall and removed in the spring, while holding firmly enough to provide a tight, friction-based seal that stops drafts and adds two more insulating air spaces between the home and the window. These inserts insulate homes and therefore lower the need for heating and cooling. They help people and the planet.

Together, the volunteers that make up the York Build team will attend virtual trainings, recruit clients, measure the windows in the clients’ homes for inserts, and build these inserts at the October event.

For more information, to order inserts, or to get involved, go to windowdressers.org or email the Local Coordinator Rachel Smith at [email protected].