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Dear Website Customer:

"Relationships of trust depend on our willingness to look not only to our own interests, but also the interests of others." Peter Farquharson

It is for this very reason that 20 years ago Kahn Mechanical Contractors affiliated with Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), the HVAC industry’s most prominent trade association. We are proud of our participation at the local, state and national levels of ACCA. This unique partnership places us in the position to teach and learn about topics that affect our business and our customers through direct interaction with our competitors and industry peers.

The most exciting outreach of our relationship with ACCA is in the area of community service. Kahn Mechanical Contractors has always been a contributor to the local community. Now, through our affiliation with ACCA we are serving the needy of North Texas with the Air Conditioning Contractors Community Services Foundation, a newly formed 501c3 non-profit organization. The mission of this group is improve the living climate conditions of elderly, disabled and low-income homeowners by providing safe, energy efficient air conditioning and heating equipment. We do this through five distinct programs:

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Heat the Town
  • Beat the Heat
  • Short-term Community Projects
  • Channel 8 — Santa’s Helpers

This year, Josh Kahn organized the efforts of the Foundation to provide no cost HVAC systems complete with installation and warranty to Habitat for Humanity. This year alone we provided systems to nine residences in the North Texas area and plan to provide twenty systems in the year 2000, and thirty systems in the year 2001. This is a tremendously successful coordination of contractors, manufacturers and Habitat for Humanity Chapters.

Our Heat the Town program was started in 1991 in response to the many unnecessary deaths, due to unsafe heating equipment, in the residences of elderly and disabled homeowners. Over 150 contractor members of ACCA and more than 50 HVAC vendors and manufacturers work with the City of Dallas People Helping People, City of Dallas Housing Department, the Cowtown Brush-Up Program of the City of Fort Worth Housing Department, the Fort Worth Police Department, the Council on Aging, and TXU Electric and Gas.

This massive group of volunteers meet every fall at the Kahn Mechanical Contractors office in Dallas, and at Air-Rite Air Conditioning in Fort Worth to kick off the season and commence repairing and replacing heating equipment all over North Texas. Since the inception of this program we have provided new and/or refurbished heaters, floor and central furnaces to approximately 1,150 homes and agencies. As a part of this program, volunteers also install smoke detectors, check for high levels of carbon monoxide, and install carbon monoxide detectors. The dollar value to the North Texas Communities has exceeded $750,000 in donated parts, equipment and labor.

Beat the Heat is a new program formed in response to the 38 heat related deaths in North Texas in 1998. To date we have performed services in response to calls from our partners mentioned above, and have plans to escalate our donated services and organizational structure to the level of the Heat the Town Program.

Our Short-term Community Projects committee is hard at work on an adopt-an-agency concept that would place the HVAC needs of needy non-profit agencies in the hands of our foundation. It will be the truest sense of cooperation between non-profit groups where we are able to directly impact overhead reduction for these worthwhile contributors to our community.

The Holidays bring around Troy Dungan from WFAA Channel 8 and his Santa’s Helpers program. Every year Troy comes to the November ACCA business meeting to bring us well wishes, the weather report for the season, and a hearty thank you for our collection of over 10% of all the toys collected and distributed each year by Channel 8.

All told, Kahn Mechanical Contractors has successfully partnered with a group that facilitates our "giving spirit" where it can best be utilized. Our donations of goods and services go straight to the point of need with these homeowners and community agencies without any unnecessary overhead, profit and red tape.

If you have interest in learning more about this unique organization please feel free to contact me at 214-631-1010, or call Patrice Pruitt at the Foundation 800-260-8041.

‘Tis the Season for Giving. Wishing you and yours happy and peaceful holidays.



Ann R. Kahn


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