Champlin resident Corey Trebesch, of Minneapolis Pipefitters Local 539, volunteered to service furnaces for the needy as part of the 27th Annual Heat’s On Program, Sept. 29. The free service keeps fellow residents safe and reduces fuel cost due in part to the donation of parts and vehicles by area contractors, Horwitz/NSI and South-Town Refrigeration.
Heat’s On helps needy homeowners but it also stresses the need to have your furnace serviced regularly. This year 176 volunteers statewide checked and serviced 182 furnaces to make sure they are operating efficiently and safely, and installed smoke detectors or replaced batteries in them.
This year’s event serviced homes in Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Cloud, Mankato, and Rochester and is a national program that was started in the Twin Cities in 1986. Since that time pipefitters in Minnesota alone have volunteered over 31,323 hours, helped 7,304 homeowners at an estimated value of $3,272,500.
Homeowners were pre-qualified with the help of local community human service organizations including the Minneapolis Community Action Agency, Community Action for Suburban Hennepin, and the Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties.