Project Heat’s On returning for 13th year serving Burton

A look back at Project Heat’s On from October of 2020. File photo

A look back at Project Heat’s On from October of 2020. File photo

BURTON — The 13th Annual Project Heat’s On will take place Oct. 23, once again assisting low income city residents with heir heating needs.

Project Heat’s On provides free furnace cleaning and repair for Burton residents who own and live in their homes and are experiencing temporary or long-term financial hardship.

City Councilman Vaughn Smith, who organizes the event annually, said this year’s Project Heat’s On will take place at Bentley High School and it starts at 7 a.m. with a brief breakfast and organizational meeting before the service trucks from Goyette Mechanical head out at 8 a.m.

“It’s a great program,” said Smith.

Applications are available at Burton City Hall, 4303 S. Center Rd., and at the Burton Senior Center, 3410 S. Grand Traverse Blvd.

They are also available in the Burton View section of the Genesee County View, Sept. 16, 23, 30 and Oct. 7 if needed. The deadline to apply for assistance is Oct. 8.

Smith said the annual event serviced more than 55 homes last year in Burton.

To be part of this process the home must be owner occupied, current with city of Burton property taxes and water bills and be willing to provide requested information to verify financial need (all confidential).

“We’re aware there are a lot of people in need,” said Smith. “This service does a lot of good. When it started out 13 years ago, we had eight sponsors, now we have 34.”

Some sponsors donate as much as $5,000, said Smith. A minimum donation of $160 gets a donor name on the official Project Heat’s On t-shirt.

“The community is so generous on this, it just grows,” said Smith. “It’s amazing what happens from just about every area of the community steps forward on this.”

Project Heat’s On volunteers and technicians will observe all COVID-19 compliance measures when entering homes. Face masks and proper social distancing will be utilized to ensure safety.

Return completed applications to Burton City Hall, 4303 S. Center Rd., Burton MI 48519 or email to Smith at