The New Jersey, Rhode Island and New York City chapters were presented with the 2008 Oil Heat Cares Cup during the NAOHSM 2008 convention, May 18-22 in Hartford, Conn.
The nonprofit Oil Heat Cares assists persons and organizations with the replacement of their oil heating appliances.
In 2007 the cup was awarded to several NAOHSM chapters, including those in Maine and Virginia.
Three winners out of 32 nominees were sited. The Garden State Chapter had completed the most projects while continuing to contribute significant dollars to the program. The Rhode Island Chapter finished two Habitat for Humanity homes, while the New York City Chapter worked on Emmaus House.
The Emmaus House project caught the board’s attention because of how quickly it was handled. A call came from the pastor at Emmaus House, a facility in New York’s Harlem that provides neighborhood residents with food and clothing, and houses people as well. An e-mail was quickly sent to members Angel Gonzalez and Dave Wagner. Gonzalez was going into Harlem to look at a job the day after the call came in. Within a very short time, Gonzalez and Wagner had gathered volunteers and had the project completed.