PIQUA — Two local companies teamed up to bring warmth to a resident on Monday.
The Housing Enhancement League of Piqua (HELP) brought together Harmony Systems, Inc. and Morris Heating Cooling Comfort Systems to donate a furnace and its installation to a resident on Blaine Avenue. Harmony Systems donated the furnace, while Morris Heating Cooling Comfort Systems donated their time for the installation, which took place Monday morning. The total estimated cost for the furnace and installation was around $3,400.
“It’s a great help to me,” said Ken Baker of Piqua, who received the donated furnace. Baker has been living in Piqua for 25 years, and his previous furnace was on its last leg.
“It was in bad shape,” Baker said.
Baker reached out to the city to see if HELP or the city’s Community Home Investment Program (CHIP) funding, which they received through the state’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, was able to help him keep the heat working in his home this winter.
“One of the big purposes of HELP is a way to give back to the community,” Development Program Manager Nikki Reese said. Reese explained that HELP then reached out to Harmony Systems and Morris Heating Cooling Comfort Systems to see if they were interested in working together to help Baker’s situation.
This is the second year in a row both companies came together to donate a furnace to someone in need in Piqua.
“We were presented the opportunity last year … We thought, absolutely,” Brad Penrod, operation supervisor of Morris Heating Cooling Comfort Systems said.
Penrod said that in addition to giving back to the community by donating their time, this also provided them with the opportunity to make the resident’s home safer by getting rid of one of the older furnace systems in exchange for a safer, newer model.
“It was a no-brainer,” Penrod said. “It’s great for the community. The fact that Harmony Systems stepped up and we’ve been able to help has been huge.”
“This is a donation from our employees,” Cynamyn Clem, human resources manager of Harmony Systems said.
Each year the employees of Harmony Systems think of a Christmas project, and they decided to give the gift of heat to a resident in need this season.
“It’s great. We love to be able to give back to the Piqua community,” Clem said.
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