Bradford White donates water heaters to Philadelphia families in need

Eight low-income families in Philadelphia will benefit from a donation from Bradford White Corp. new energy efficient water heaters.

The donation, made during Random Acts of Kindness Week, comes from Bradford White's unique charity initiative, Industry Forward. Eight 40-gallon water heaters will be distributed to high-need families who contacted the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) heating hotline in Philadelphia. ECA is an Industry Forward partner with a long-standing relationship with Bradford White.

Rich Tomkinsa manufacturer representative from the company, helped coordinate product delivery, and ECA's trained staff, who helped identify families most in need, will install the water heaters.

“At Bradford White, giving back to our communities and helping those in need is part of our mission and core values ​​as a company,” he said Rebecca Owens, senior manager of communications at Bradford White. “By providing water heaters to several families in need during Random Acts of Kindness Week, we hope to inspire others to show kindness and give back too, so that together we can have a positive impact on people's lives. We are truly grateful to be working with ECA to provide vital hot water to families who have been without it for far too long.”

ECA's heating hotline team receives numerous calls each week from low-income families who are without hot water because water heater replacements are not covered by other low-income family programs. Such calls often come from older homeowners or families who resort to the dangerous practice of heating water on a stove for bathing and household cleaning.

The Philadelphia Emergency Water Heater Fund, established by the ECA in 2022, has already exhausted its allocated funds for the year, and Bradford White stepped in to help when he heard of the need.

“We are very grateful for the continued partnership with Bradford White and their generosity through their innovative Industry Forward program,” he said Steve Luxton, CEO of ECA. “There are so many families in need of hot water and Bradford White's continued support to help and give back to families in need is so important.” They are a true partner to Philadelphia families, many of whom are struggling to survive to make ends meet.”

Bradford White has worked with ECA on several recent projects, including a $50,000 Industry Forward grant to help ECA launch a pilot internship program for young people and emerging workers from disadvantaged communities in Philadelphia to provide training on Heat pump water heater installation and maintenance.

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