12th annual Project Heat’s On helping Burton families stay safe and warm

BURTON — Goyette Mechanical is once again helping to orchestrate Project Heat’s On in 2020.

This is the 12th year for what has become a very meaningful community outreach event. Project Heat’s On selects multiple Burton area homes each year and provides much needed furnace cleaning, repair and even replacement free of charge for families in need. Selected homes also receive free smoke detectors provided by the Burton Fire Department.

This year’s event date is Saturday, Oct. 17.

This year the Project Heat’s On efforts will be altered from the past years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual organizational breakfast has been revised to providing box lunches for the volunteers and there will be an orchestrated preparation line set up to prepare and launch all technician crews.

That event will take place behind Courtland Center in Burton beginning at 7 a.m. on Oct. 17. All COVID-19 safety measures will be in place including face masks for Technicians and proper social distancing will be practiced.

Vaughn Smith, Burton City Councilman and Project Heat’s On spokesperson, said he appreciates the impact for Burton residents.

“The homeowners selected are in need of our assistance, are on a very limited income and would run the risk of having no heat for their family,” he said. “This program does a lot of good for good people that just need a helping hand.”

Project Heat’s On combines the efforts of Goyette Mechanical, the Burton City Council, Burton Chamber of Commerce, Security Credit Union, Burton Rotary, Gordon’s Food Service, All Trinkets and Printing, the Burton View, the United Way of Genesee County and several other local companies all of whom have come together in a great community service effort to provide needed heating system cleaning and repair for those who cannot afford the service.

Since 2009, Project Heat’s On has serviced nearly 600 homes in Burton. Many of these homes heating systems were in drastic need of repair and several homes received completely new furnace systems. Project Heat’s On services many homes that are completely without heat or have damaged piping that vents dangerous CO (carbon monoxide) into the home.

Project Heat’s On volunteers were able to prevent situations that could have led to the homeowner’s deaths. Each year more than 30 Goyette Mechanical Technicians volunteer their time to help make the program happen.

Because of the overwhelming support of volunteers and sponsors, the entire event targeting 50 homes will be completed in one day. Applicants must reside within the City of Burton.

Details: Call 810-516-9614 or email vsmith161@hotmail.com. Or call Curt Lalonde at 810-743-6883 or email clalonde@goyettemechanical.com.