Mechanical Hub Media supports Cares Community initiative to highlight resources that are supporting humanitarian assistance in impacted communities in Ukraine and surrounding regions where Ukrainian refugees have fled. Donations can go along way during the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine. To make sure your money gets into the right hands, here is a list of highly Read more
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Mechanical Hub Media supports Cares Community initiative to highlight resources that are supporting humanitarian assistance in impacted communities in Ukraine and surrounding regions where Ukrainian refugees have fled.
Donations can go along way during the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine. To make sure your money gets into the right hands, here is a list of highly rated nonprofits engaged in relief and recovery efforts in Ukraine and the surrounding areas.
Americares: Health Services
Response team on the ground in Poland to support health services for families affected. They are delivering medicine, medical supplies and emergency funding to support families and people affected by the Ukraine crisis. DONATE HERE
World Central Kitchen
Using the power of food to support communities in need around the world. WCK is rapidly expanding our #ChefsForUkraine response to distribute food—including hot, fresh meals—in five countries. We’ve now opened a kitchen and food supply depot in Poland, right on the border with Ukraine, and have multiple warehouses active in Lviv where trucks are filled with food to head east reaching cities like Odessa and Mykolayiv. We are also supporting more restaurants to serve meals in Ukrainian cities including Kharkiv and Kyiv, which remain under active attack. DONATE HERE
Water Mission: Designs, builds and implements safe water, sanitation and hygiene
Water Mission is actively working with local churches and civic groups to help with evacuations and meet immediate physical and emotional needs. They are also shipping emergency safe water systems to the region and providing technical expertise to our partners serving displaced people in Ukraine. DONATE HERE
Since 3/23/22, a fifth Samaritan’s Purse airlift departed carrying more than 19 tons of relief, including medical supplies for area hospitals as they work to strengthen the logistics and supply chain for the suffering medical system in Ukraine. An Emergency Field Hospital is set up on the outskirts of Lviv, Ukraine and a 24-hour clinic (triage/stabilization) at the train station in the heart of the city. DONATE HERE
Heart to Heart: Medical Supplies and Transportation
Team has been in Bucharest and Isaccea, Romania, and Chișinău, Moldova, meeting with partners to determine needs on the ground. DONATE HERE
GlobalGiving: Housing for Refugees
All donations to the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund will support humanitarian assistance in impacted communities in Ukraine and surrounding regions where Ukrainian refugees have fled with a focus on the most vulnerable, including children. DONATE HERE
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The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors — National Association’s (PHCC) Educational Foundation is proud to announce the winners of HVAC Apprentice Contest Winners the national plumbing and HVAC apprentice contests. The contests were held October 10th & 11th in Albuquerque, N.M. on the tradeshow floor during the PHCC—National Association’s CONNECT 2018 event. A total of nineteen plumbing and ten HVAC apprentices from across Read more
The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors — National Association’s (PHCC) Educational Foundation is proud to announce the winners of HVAC Apprentice Contest Winners the national plumbing and HVAC apprentice contests.
The contests were held October 10th & 11th in Albuquerque, N.M. on the tradeshow floor during the PHCC—National Association’s CONNECT 2018 event. A total of nineteen plumbing and ten HVAC apprentices from across the nation took part in the contests.
HVAC Apprentice Contest Winners
- 1st Place: Josiah Tiegs, McDowall Comfort Management in Waite Park, Minn., Sponsored by Brasscraft Manufacturing
- 2nd: Daniel Deneve, GSM Services in Gastonia, N.C., Sponsored by NIBCO
- 3rd: Jeffrey Deuel, American Mechanical Services in Denver, Colo., Sponsored by Milwaukee Tool
Plumbing Apprentice Contest Winners
- 1st Place: James Houser, Local 27 in Pittsburgh, Pa., Sponsored by A. O. Smith
- 2nd: Kyle Mao, Lange Plumbing in Las Vegas, Nev., sponsored by AB&I Foundry
- 3rd: Steven Kroope, Deluxe Plumbing & Heating in Bethlehem, Pa., Sponsored by Reed Manufacturing
The HVAC competitors were required to complete a written test, demonstrate proper brazing techniques and perform a hands-on diagnostic on an HVAC package unit, with system errors created by the Foundation’s contractor volunteers for the competition. The competitors also had to perform a pressure and leak test, demonstrate proper refrigerant recovery procedures and the ability to accurately take a variety of instrument readings.
The plumbing apprentices were required rough-in a bathroom system. The set-up includes a toilet, sink and shower, complete with supply, waste and vent lines, plus cleanouts and extra features designed to test the contestants’ knowledge and skills. The test set-up includes a variety of pipe materials – cast iron, copper, PVC and PEX, and corresponding joining methods.contractor volunteers for the competition.
A dedicated team of contractor volunteers arrived two days before the competitions to assemble the competitor test benches, distribute the materials and supplies and setup the testing areas. They monitor the competitions, evaluate the apprentices’ work and provide constructive feedback on each competitor’s performance following the event.
The contests are made possible by the generous support of several industry sponsors who provide monetary support and in-kind material and tool donations. Sponsors for the 2018 competition included, AB&I Foundry; A. O. Smith; Bradford White Corp.; BrassCraft Manufacturing Co.; Copper Development Association, Inc.; Daikin; Delta Faucet Co.; Emerson; Fluke, Greene and Associates; IPS Corporation; KOHLER Company; Mechanical Hub Media; Milwaukee Tool; NATE; NIBCO INC.; Oatey; R.E.C. Industries; Reed Manufacturing Co.; RIDGID; State Water Heaters; Tyler Pipe & Coupling; Uponor; Viega, LLC; and Zoeller Pump Company.
Milwaukee Tool made a major contribution to the Plumbing Apprentice Contest this year by donating twenty of their M18 Force Logic Press Tools and jaw kits, with a retail value exceeding $60,000 total. This gift allowed the competitors to gain experience and prove their skill with making press connections during the plumbing competition and will be used in future competitions as well.
“These contests are an incredible demonstration of the opportunities that exist because of the Foundation,” reports Foundation Chair Craig Lewis. “You have these amazing apprentices from all over the country coming here to show off their skills. The sponsors are so generous with their support. And then our volunteer committee members and staff are pulling it all together in a new exhibit hall every year. It really is quite a thing to see and I’m very proud everyone involved with these competitions.”