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‘Warm Homes, Warm Hearts’ provides new furnace for Elizabethtown household (video)

Workers from Brubaker Inc. install a new furnace for an Elizabethown household on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, as part of the ‘Warm Homes, Warm Hearts’ program. (Photo: Kyle Gamble)

Debbie Hess

United Way of Lancaster County and Brubaker, Inc. teamed up to gift a Lancaster homeowner in need with a free heating system.

This is the fourth year United Way has hosted this program, and the first year teaming up with Brubaker.

This year, Debbie Hess, of Elizabethtown, applied for a new heating system and was selected after a review by the award committee.

“I got a voicemail that said ‘congratulations,’ and I was like, ‘I can’t believe this,'” Hess said.

Warm Homes, Warm Hearts is designed for homeowners in Lancaster County. With the exception of households utilizing wood or pellet heating, all others are eligible to apply for a replacement or repair of their current heating systems. 

Hess’ furnace is one of two that Brubaker is providing through Warm Homes, Warm Hearts this year. Ferguson HVAC of East Petersburg donated the equipment, while Brubaker, which is headquartered in East Hempfield Township, handled assessment, installation and inspection.

Brubaker CEO Aimée Deraco said, “When you look at partnering with a nonprofit, if the group of people they serve are winning, and we are winning, our community is winning.”

“They are helping us in a very big way,” Hess said.