To assist PHCC members who were adversely affected by Superstorm Sandy, the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) has established a financial relief program.

Members who need assistance because of the superstorm may ask that their 2013 national dues be forgiven and also may request a cash grant of up to $1,000. In addition, state and local chapters may be willing to waive dues for members.

“Many of our members in the northeast were severely impacted by this damaging storm,” said PHCC President David Dugger. “We’re hopeful that this assistance will help get them back on their feet and be ready for business as usual soon.”

The assistance was recently approved by the PHCC Board of Directors, which designated the use of funds from the PHCC Board of Directors’ Reserve Fund. The board also approved establishing a PHCC Disaster Fund that would include contributions from PHCC members Now and in the future, this fund that would be available to help members in need as determined by the Board of Directors. “Since the superstorm occurred, PHCC members have been asking how they can help PHCC members who were impacted,” Dugger said. “This new fund will give them an option to directly assist PHCC contractors in need by providing a tax-free donation.”

“PHCC is like a big family,” Dugger said. “For example, following Hurricane Katrina, PHCC members were very generous in providing financial and in-kind support to members stricken by the hurricane. We know that compassion will continue as we help others recover from Superstorm Sandy, and also build a fund that can assist in other situations in the future.”

To request relief, please call 800/533-7694. To donate to the PHCC Disaster Relief Fund, send your check to: PHCC Disaster Fund, 180 S. Washington Street, Suite 100, Falls Church, VA 22046.