Oil Heat Cares Foundation Donates New
Boiler & Installation to Grateful NYC Family.
Oil Heat Cares Foundation, an initiative of the National
Association of Oil & Energy Service Professionals (OESP),
brought much more than New Year’s well-wishes to an appreciative
family in the Bronx. It all happened on January 4, with the
installation of a much-needed boiler.
When homeowner Milagros Orizal was told by her service provider
last month that her boiler was leaking, she realized the problem
had the potential to not only to ruin her holidays, but to
render her home uninhabitable.
- Pictured left to right: Ed Puncar of Advanced Hydrolics; Pete
Gonzalez and his students: Joshua Diaz, Tyrese Jordan, and Justin
Orizal and her mother, of Parkchester in the Bronx, both live on
fixed-income disability pensions. Installing a new boiler – an
expense of $9,000 – was simply out of their budget.
Faced with the prospect of living without heat or hot water for
months on end, and feeling she had no where else to turn, Orizal
contacted Pete Gonzalez, owner and CEO of Pete Gonzalez Heating Co.
in Morris Park and a full-time vocational instructor at Bronx Design
and Construction Academy High School.
Gonzalez, a member of the New York City chapter of OESP who had
patched up the family’s old boiler in the past to give it as much
life as possible, encouraged Orizal to apply for a grant through
“Oil Heat Cares,” the OESP’s national charity.
“As soon as I read the Orizal family’s grant application, I knew it
was another perfect opportunity for Oil Heat Cares to step in,”
Gonzalez said. “This is an opportunity to literally give a family
their home back at the beginning of winter.”
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was quickly approved, and within days, she learned she would become
the proud owner of a new boiler and related equipment. Students at
Bronx Design and Construction Academy High School, supervised by
Gonzalez and other industry professionals, donated their time to
install the new heating system on January 4 2017.
The project not only brings hot water and heat back to a grateful
family, but also provides invaluable, on-the-job field experience
for a class of enthusiastic future oil and energy service
technicians in New York.
students are the next generation of our industry, and their
dedication really inspires me,” said Gonzalez. “This project adds an
incredible new dimension to their studies that just can’t be
acquired through textbooks or in a classroom.”
“The assistance of BDCA High School students, and the teaching
opportunity this provides, makes this project so unique,” said Angel
Gonzalez, OESP New York City Chapter Manager. “This group effort
would not be possible without their enthusiasm and eagerness to
learn, or without the donations of the generous corporations
This latest successful Oil Heat Cares project is made possible by
the Oil Heat Cares Foundation and the New York City chapter of OESP.
Pictured left to right: Mom and Pete Gonzalez
and logistical support are provided by Peerless Boilers, Carlin
Combustion, Hydrolevel Co., Petro Home Services, Vaughn Water
Heaters, Westchester Square Plumbing Supply, and Blackman Plumbing
The National Association of Oil & Energy Service Professionals (OESP)
is an organization of more than 800 dedicated energy professionals
serving the Northeast United States for more than 60 years,
supporting all levels of the oil energy industry, from education and
technical service to management and business owners. Learn more
about OESP and Oil Heat Cares at