ELWOOD, Ind. — Cold air once blew through a keyhole in one of Virgil and Kathy Goble's doors. The door also sagged leaving room for wintry air to seep through from the outside. A stairwell leading up to their bedrooms was drafty.
Saturday, four volunteers dropped by the Gobles with tape and sheets of plastic. The crew spent two hours covering windows, a door and the keyhole to help keep the family of five warm this winter.
Crews from the United Way were all over Madison County for the seventh year of Operation Weatherization. The program sends volunteers to low income families to help weatherize homes for winter.
Kim Rodgers-Hatfield, Vice-President of Operations for the United Way, said volunteers weatherized 85 houses in Madison County on Saturday. Families received everything from plastic shreets over their windows, like the Gobles, to new caulk and foam to seal cracks as well as water heater blankets and energy efficient light bulbs.
"It's nice they came here," said Kathy Goble. "They covered a bathroom window, too, and they put a smoke alarm up."
The two-story home, located on Elwood's northeast side and built in 1887, is often drafty and the Gobles said they couldn't afford renovations. He works for the Package Right puzzle factory in Tipton and Kathy is unemployed. She does assist at a local food pantry when not caring for her mother and her disabled daughter.
The Gobles applied for weatherization work through the United Way.
"It's good they've got things like this program, you know, the way the economy is because it is pretty rough for everybody out there," said Virgil Goble. "Not just for us but for many people."
Rodgers-Hatfield said it's all in an attempt to help economically disadvantaged residents save money on utilities bill.