Overview of Winter Blitz

Winter Blitz volunteer leaders carrying supplies from Paresky lawn

Winter Blitz

Winter Blitz is a community outreach weatherization program that gets students into nearby communities to help seal up houses to make them warmer and decrease winter energy costs for residents.

Winter Blitz aims to assist community members who cannot weatherize themselves.

Trained volunteers install basic window kits, door sweeps, and energy-efficient light bulbs. They also seal up cracks around doors and windows in homes, that untreated would result in heat loss, which drives up energy costs and requires more energy use. Weatherizing homes saves money and energy for the residents and contributes to broader energy conservation efforts. It also helps foster connections between students and local residents.

To volunteer

If you would like to volunteer to help out during Winter Blitz, please fill out the Winter Blitz Volunteer form.

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To request that your house be weatherized

If you live in Northern Berkshire County or Pownal or Bennington, VT and would like to request that your house be weatherized next November, please fill out the Winter Blitz Home Weatherization Request form.  Winter Blitz student leaders will get back to you soon.

History of Winter Blitz

In the fall of 2008, the Williams College Center for Community Engagement (now CLiA) expressed an interest in expanding their current weatherization volunteer efforts. Madeline King and Jennifer Rowe, two student leaders in environmental work and community service, took on the task and envisioned “Winter Blitz.” They planned a one-day event with an emphasis on recruiting and involving

Jessica Chen ’19 WB volunteer and designer of the 10th anniversary WB logo

many students outside and community groups. The first Winter Blitz, in 2008, was considered to be a great success, with over 120 volunteers who weatherized 40 homes in three local towns in the Northern Berkshires. Funding for the program was provided through the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives and a grant from the Henry David Thoreau Foundation. After receiving positive feedback from volunteers and homeowners, theCenter for Community Engagement and involved student groups have been working to make Winter Blitz an annual event. Winter Blitz leaders moved forward by strengthening connections with the Williams College Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives and several community development organizations.

Now Williams partners with Bennington College and MCLA to engage more student volunteers and increase the impact of the program.  2018 marks the 11th year of Winter Blitz!

(The goals and history are from an AASHE submission in 2010, written by Madeline King ’11 and Stephanie Boyd, former Director of Zilkha Center)

Gabby, a Winter Blitz director, leading a weatherizing training (Photo credit: Arjun Kakkar)

Other Winter Blitz articles & Press Releases:

Berkshire Eagle November 2018
–November 2017 Press Release: “Local College Students to Weatherize Homes in the Area
Bennington Banner 2015
–October 2015 Press Release: “Williams College Seeking Homes for Annual Winter Blitz Weatherization
iBerkshires in 2009