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Union pipefitters help their neighbors keep the heat on this winter

10.04.17

Union pipefitters help their neighbors keep the heat on this winter

As temperatures drop, many Minnesotans readily welcome another of our state’s beautiful autumns. But with winter fast approaching, chillier days can be a daunting sign of the cold to come for elderly, disabled or low-income homeowners who are unable to afford a furnace inspection or repairs if their heat fails. Luckily, there’s Project Heat’s On.

Project Heat’s On, run by the local unions that make up the Minnesota Pipe Trade Association, in partnership with local Community Action agencies, provides free furnace inspections and repairs for those unable to afford them. Each year, hundreds of licensed tradesmen and women set out across the state to volunteer their time and skills to community members who need it most. Since 1986, nearly 8,000 Minnesotans across the state have received no-cost services from local union members through the program. In fact, over 7,500 union pipefitters have volunteered for Project Heat’s On, donating upwards of 34,000 hours of skilled labor (that’s worth more than $3.5 million!).

And that’s just one of the many ways your local unions give back. Each year, Minnesota’s blue collar building and construction trade unions donate more than $10 million dollars in time, skill and money to worthy community causes. From laying brick for a new Little League dugout to raising a roof on a new Habitat for Humanity home to fundraising for cancer research and sending supply trucks to disaster areas, your union friends and neighbors are committed to building more than just the roads and bridges we rely on every day—they’re building a better Minnesota for us all.

Find more stories of how your local unions are helping their communities here.

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