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Project HEAT’S ON Helps Older Adults in Need to Stay Warm

Senior Affairs Department teams up with Local 412 to prepare seniors’ homes for winter
October 14, 2023

ALBUQUERQUE— 31st Annual Project HEAT’S ON (Handicapped and Elderly Assistance to Service Our Neighbors), a national initiative aimed at helping vulnerable populations stay warm this winter.

“Not only are we helping keep families warm, but we’re also helping older adults in the community stay safe and remain independent in their homes,” said Anna Sanchez, Director of Senior Affairs. “By partnering with Local 412, we’ve been able to provide this essential service to hundreds of Albuquerque seniors over the years.”  

As part of Project HEAT’S ON, volunteers from UA Plumbers and Pipefitters across the country donate their time and expertise to help winterize A/C units, test and install smoke detectors, replace light bulbs, startup furnaces, and perform carbon monoxide safety checks for older homeowners who are low income or disabled.     

“The Local 412 prides itself on its highly trained plumbers, pipefitters, welders and HVAC service technicians and we look forward to using our skills to help our elderly community every year,” said Robert Barker, Local 412 HVAC/R Training Coordinator. “From starting up furnaces for the elderly to putting on charity events for people in need, we care about our fellow New Mexicans.”

The Department of Senior Affairs works with Local 412 to identify eligible participants and prioritize those who are most in need. This year, volunteers were able to help nearly 100 seniors prepare their homes for the upcoming winter season.