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Oil Heat Cares is a not-for-profit foundation started by the National Association of Oil & Energy Service Professionals (OESP). Oil Heat Cares assists needy persons and organizations with the replacement of their oil heating equipment. The foundation raises funds to purchase heating equipment, and OESP chapters identify those within their neighborhoods who most need a temporary helping hand. Then, the chapters install the equipment at no cost.
In 2018, Oil Heat Cares was able to help a cancer patient and single mother of three from Scotch Plains, New Jersey; a 96-year-old widow recovering from hip replacement surgery from Catonsville, Maryland; and a couple from Fairfield, Connecticut who had more than 10,000 gallons of water flood their basement.
“We help those who are currently in crisis get back on their feet,” said Chairman of the Oil Heat Cares Foundation’s Board of Directors Dave Bessette. “These projects were perfect fits for us, and I’m glad that Oil Heat Cares was able to help.”
OESP represents more than 1,000 service managers and highly skilled technicians in the oil heating field throughout the country. Oil Heat Cares is the oil heating industry’s way of giving back to the local community by helping those most in need. OESP heating technicians identify potential Oil Heat Cares recipients as they go about their day-to-day work. They then submit names to the OHC Board, which judges the level of need and votes on whether to take on the project. If accepted, all of the work and equipment becomes a gift to those in need.
“A little help at the right time can make a huge difference in people’s lives, especially when the weather is cold and the heat is off,” said Bessette.
Each year, the 22 chapters of OESP compete for the coveted Oil Heat Cares Cup, an award presented to the chapter that does the most good in a given year.
“It’s a good-spirited competition,” said Bessette, “but the real winners are those we help.”
To learn more about these projects and Oil Heat Cares, please visit www.oilheatcares.com, or call (888) 552-0900.
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