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Warm Home, Warm Hearts: Nominate a deserving individual or family to receive a new heating system

Warm Home Warm Hearts

Ranck Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, in partnership with United Way of Lancaster County, is looking for a worthy Lancaster County homeowner to receive a new high-efficiency heating system and water heater for a worthy Lancaster County homeowner through the 2nd annual Warm Homes, Warm Hearts initiative 

Do you know a Lancaster County homeowner facing financial need/hardship who would benefit from a new heating system and water heater? Nominate them here!  

Individuals may not nominate themselves. To enter a nominee, complete an entry form, either including a 500 word (or less) written essay OR a 3-minute video essay describing why the nominee is deserving of this year’s prize.  

The criteria the Award Committee will consider include: 

  • What are the nominee’s personal circumstances?  
  • Does the nominee give selflessly to others, help others willingly, and/or volunteer in the community?  
  • Is the nominee a veteran?
  • Does the nominee currently spend a significant sum of money on heating fuel or is the Nominee unable to afford a good, quality heating system to replace an old or inefficient system?  

The entry period is open until 5 p.m. Nov. 25. 

Ranck has always believed in supporting and giving back to this great community,” said Mike Frey, President and CEO of Ranck Inc. “Warm Home, Warm Hearts is just a natural extension of that support and marries what we do so well on a daily basis with a meaningful community initiative.” 

Last year, the winning homeowner, James Underwood of Lancaster, had been working to bring his home up to code after it was condemned due to an electrical fire. He then had to deal with multiple long-term medical issues and a house break-in during the renovation process 

Underwood said his furnace was “on its last legs. It might have made it through this season, but it never would have made it through another.” 

Underwood’s niece, Angie Freed, who nominated him for Warm Homes, Warm Hearts, explained that this gave Underwood “less stress about what needs done to the house” to keep it safe and comfortable for their family.  

Weinstein Supply and APR Supply will donate the furnace and water heater, respectively.