The holidays are a perfect reminder that it’s important to always give back when we can. At BelRed, we’re extremely committed to giving back to our community and beyond all throughout the year.  We care greatly about philanthropy and community efforts. From corporate partnerships and giving programs, to the volunteer efforts of our team members in the community, BelRed and our people are committed to doing our part to make the Pacific Northwest a better place to live and work.

One such program we support here at BelRed is the Food Lifeline, Washington state’s largest hunger relief agency. Only 5% of every financial donation goes to administrative costs at Food Lifeline. For every $1 donated, the organization provides 5 meals to hungry people. At BelRed, we encourage both employees and customers to donate non-perishable food items to this cause. In fact, for every donation of non-perishable food items from our customers, BelRed donates $1 to the Food Lifeline program.

We’re also proud to work with some partners and manufacturers that share this same sentiment. One such brand is Rheem, who recently extended a very successful philanthropy program called the Heart of Comfort Program.

The program, implemented at Rheem and executed by their employees, serves to help communities and citizens in need by supporting charities in the locations of Rheem’s sites across the nation. At the launch of the philanthropy program, Rheem also launched a new website to highlight the impact of Heart of Comfort and provide Rheem customers, friends, family members and the general public with information about how they can be part of the initiative. This community-focused effort has had a significant impact on communities all over.

“The Rheem employee family has always been committed to giving back in ways that benefit our own communities and those of our customers,” said Karen Meyers, corporate director, government relations. “Heart of Comfort allows us to unify all the efforts of our individual Rheem locations and bring them under a single, companywide program so that we can not only improve our current efforts, but expand and amplify those efforts. In just our first year of the program, we have watched our impact grow exponentially.”

In less than a year in implementation, Heart of Comfort has helped more than 70 organizations through volunteering, humanitarian relief, charitable events and fundraising, amounting to nearly $200,000 in donations. Among those efforts, and in partnership with the American Red Cross, Heart of Comfort raised $30,858 for Superstorm Sandy relief and sponsored a companywide Rheem Jeans Day fundraising event benefitting Oklahoma storm victims. Other efforts have benefitted breast cancer research, youth development, American troops overseas and the March of Dimes.

As we mentioned above, this is just one reason BelRed is proud to carry and professionally install Rheem products for our customers’ heating and cooling needs. With the help of our great customers, employees, and partners like Rheem, we can make the lives of those who are struggling with hunger a little bit better, and make a real difference to people who need help in these tough times.

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