The state of Alabama does not have a lottery. But do not tell that to Decatur resident Dora Tucker. On October 30, 2018, the home of Dora Tucker was the site of Community Action Partnership of North Alabama’s (The Partnership) Weatherization Day 2018 event.
After being on The Partnership’s weatherization waiting list for eight years, Ms. Tucker’s home was selected for weatherization measures in October. Ms. Tucker has lived in her current home for more than 11 years. But as time passed, she has been less able to meet the demands of the home, which formerly belonged to a local judge. With grant funds provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program, Mrs. Tucker’s home received the upgrades it needed such as attic insulation, weather stripping, fireplace maintenance, and other energy-saving measures.
Although Ms. Tucker has yet to receive a utility bill that truly demonstrates the difference the weatherization measures will make, she is confident she will be better off this year than last. “Last year I received a $700 light bill and I thought it was going to break me,” Ms. Tucker told Partnership staff. “I have a bill but I’m scared to open it.”
In addition to the weatherization measures performed on Ms. Tucker’s home, The Partnership sent a team of volunteers to revitalize the outside of the home. Basic outdoor maintenance was performed including trimming trees, pruning shrubs, planting flowers, and adding mulch that Ms. Tucker had been unable to do herself. “Somebody stole everything I had. I went away on vacation and when I came back, everything was gone. The lawnmower, tools, everything.” Director of Homeownership said of the external work, “In many cases since the home has gone without weatherization, the landscaping, the lawn, the exterior ends up being in need as well. So we hop in for one day with a nice crew. We have a great team and we get it all done in a day.”
Energy Director Angela Ingram recapped the day by saying, “When Ms. Dora came out today, she looked around and she said, ‘You know, I feel rich.'” Alabama does not have a lottery, but don’t tell that to Dora Tucker. “I feel like I won the lottery, big lottery, and I appreciate them for coming out giving me a hand.” Now, after waiting eight years, Dora Tucker is a winner thanks to the Weatherization Assistance Program.