Heritage Thermal Services supports local United Way campaign with annual donation, billboard promotion

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – Heritage President of Incineration Services Christopher Pherson presents the facility’s $2,500 donation to Candy Faloon, executive director of the United Way of Southern Columbiana County. Joining them is Karen Montgomery of Heritage who also serves on the United Way’s board of directors.

The company is a long-time donor to the local United Way, which supports 10 front-line agencies that provide important social services to those in need. Now, perhaps more than ever, the local chapter needs community support to fulfill its mission. The pandemic has caused the cancellation of several fundraising events and the chapter must now count on donations from companies and individuals to meet its goal of raising $90,000.

To help build awareness, Heritage has donated its billboard in East Liverpool’s East End to highlight the campaign. Thousands of motorists pass by the billboard daily.

Heritage billboard promotes United Way fundraising campaign

Heritage billboard promotes the United Way fundraising campaign. 

East Liverpool environment to benefit from Heritage grants

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – The pandemic has caused many events and activities to be postponed or canceled, including the citySweep collection of household hazardous wastes at the Heritage Thermal Services incineration facility. During the collection, which had been held annually since 1997, the company also distributes grants to non-profit groups that help fund their environmental projects.

We are pleased we were able to continue the program despite the economic downturn caused by the novel coronavirus. Out of 16 applications that were submitted, we awarded a total of $5,500 to eight applicants. The organizations receiving grants and a description of their projects follow:

$1,000 – EAST LIVERPOOL ROTARY CLUB: Fund landscaping and beautification projects conducted by the Dolphin Swim Club at the public swimming pool in Thompson Park.

$1,000 – EAST LIVERPOOL TREE COMMISSION: Purchase trees for city’s plan to be designated as a Tree City by the Arbor Day Foundation.

$750 – THOMPSON PARK: Purchase materials for a new restroom facility.

$750 – TOMLINSON RUN STATE PARK FOUNDATION: Support for park improvements and trail maintenance.

$750 – THE BEACON ASSOCIATION: Purchase materials to landscape and maintain the triangle entrance to East Liverpool at West Second Street.

$500 – EAST LIVERPOOL-CALCUTTA AREA GARDEN CLUB: Support for the club’s many community landscaping projects at the Carnegie Library, the Museum of Ceramics, Thompson and Calcutta parks and other public areas.

$400 – CITY OF EAST LIVERPOOL: Fund veterinary services for the city’s spay/neuter program for stray felines.

$350 – BEAVER CREEK WILDLIFE EDUCTATION CENTER: Purchase packs, binoculars and compasses for guests to use while hiking the park.

Since we initiated the environmental grant program in 1998, local non-profits have received a total of $106,700 to keep the community cleaner and greener. We remain committed to supporting the East Liverpool community and remind everyone to stay safe.

Earth Day Pollinator Project in Benton, AR

Prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our Benton, Arkansas facility started making plans for Earth Day and for continued employee engagement throughout the summer.  One part of the plan was to start an employee garden to grow fresh herbs and vegetables.  For the garden to be productive, the team considered bringing in a couple of beehives and planting wildflowers.

While we must postpone the employee garden until next year, our maintenance personnel (following facility social distancing guidelines) moved forward with as much of the project as possible.  Before Earth Day, they were able to sow 2 acres of wildflowers.  Additionally, they planted 50 live oak and 50 poplar seedlings!  And now this week the bees have arrived.  Two of our employees will serve as on-site beekeepers.  We will check back in later this summer to check on our wildflower fields and look at all pollinators, including the bees, butterflies and birds.



Donating Critical PPE & Supplies to Local Businesses

When so many critical facilities are experiencing a shortage of necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitation supplies, several Heritage locations have stepped up to share.

An employee from our Interactive team shared that a local Indianapolis-area hospital where his wife works had a PPE shortage; “I received word last night that they are currently running very short on gowns to be used in the areas where they are caring for confirmed cases and are reaching the point of beginning to plan for carrying out their duties with limited or recycled PPE,” he said.

With the help of our Supply Chain Director, we were able to purchase and donate 1,050 protective suits to use in place of medical gowns for hospital personnel to the hospital.

In Benton, Arkansas, our team donated single use aprons, nitrile gloves, N95 masks and alcohol wipes to the  University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).  In the words of VP Ryan Dossey, “The doctors and nurses on the front line deserve the best support that we as a community have to offer and donating PPE to keep them safe in this fight is of utmost importance in these trying times.”

In East Liverpool, an assisted-living facility near our incinerator was reaching out to local businesses and organizations for help sourcing hand sanitizer, a vital resource in this coronavirus environment. Its supplies were running low, retail stocks were depleted, and its pending orders were uncertain.

After reviewing their inventory, our facility was able to assist by donating several boxes of hand sanitizer. Chris Pherson, President of Heritage Thermal, presented the donation, distanced appropriately, to the facility, which is in neighboring Beaver County, Pa.

We can get through this challenging time by working together and supporting our local communities – if you or your company has a surplus of supplies, please consider donating to local businesses who need it.

Helping Our Communities in Times of Need

At Heritage, our mission is to protect human health and the environment, and this extends beyond the scope of our day-to-day business operations. As the Coronavirus triggers an ever-growing number of shutdowns and closures, one of the biggest issues arising is concern for children and food insecurity. One in seven children struggle with hunger, and many students rely on public schools for one or even two of their daily meals. Heritage is dedicated to helping the communities where we live and operate, and making sure they continue to have access to food is one of the best ways we can help during this crisis.

Feeding America has been one of our three corporate charities for the past five years, and they support 40 million people through 200 food banks nationwide. Through their resources we’ve been able to connect with several local food banks in states where we conduct business.

• In Toledo, OH, we donated directly to the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank Backpack program, which gives kids who qualify for free lunch additional food to take home on Fridays.

• A local church in Tulsa Oklahoma provided a grant to match donations to the local food bank, and with the buying power of Feeding America, our $1,000 donation was doubled, enabling the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma to provide 8,000 meals in the community.

• In Iowa City, our donations will provide 80 boxes of food to kids and families

In total, we’ve donated $25,000 to 25 food banks in 18 different states where we operate, designating the funds specifically for children when possible.

We encourage you to find your local food bank, which you can do by typing in your zip code at https://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank and donating either nonperishable items or making a monetary donation. Heritage believes in sticking together, and supporting our communities is crucial in times like these. Each donation means more food, an extra volunteer, or more supplies for those in need


Wall of thank you letters from healthcare professionals and hospitals for donating food.

Thank you letters to Heritage from the food banks.

Heritage Thermal Services announces environmental grant program for 2020

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – Heritage Thermal Services (HTS) is pleased to announce that applications for environmental grants are now available. Schools and non-profit groups within a 15-mile radius of the facility are invited to apply.

Grants in amounts ranging from $100 to as much as $1000 are available for projects that demonstrate a benefit for the local environment. A total of $6,500 is available for this year.

Applications may be downloaded from this link, Environmental Grant Application, or by calling 330.386.2194. March 31 is the deadline to apply. Grants will be awarded during this year’s citySweep collection of household hazardous waste for East Liverpool area residents on April 25.

Last year, 16 school and non-profit groups received a total of $7,450 to help fund their respective green projects. Since the grant program began in 1998, dozens of local organizations have received a total of $101,200 to help keep the community cleaner and greener.

Heritage helps Stop the Bleed in Columbiana County, Ohio

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – Heritage is dedicated to health and safety through emergency preparedness at all its locations. That commitment also extends into the communities where Heritage operates.

When officials of the Columbiana County Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, expressed their intent to introduce the trauma-awareness program called Stop the Bleed, officials at the Heritage Thermal Services incineration facility here did not hesitate to respond. The company donated $3,000 so the CERT could acquire training kits and related equipment.

“No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene,” Debra Moore, CERT program manager, said. “Those nearest to someone with life-threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care.”

The Stop the Bleed program is a collaboration between the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies. Stop the Bleed trains ordinary citizens who may be present and a single- or mass-casualty incident to stem severe bleeding in the victim or victims before professional medical- and emergency-responders arrive on the scene. More information is available at: Stop The Bleed.

The CERT announced the donation during a recent meeting of the East Liverpool Rotary Club of which Heritage is a member. Team members also demonstrated the proper use of tourniquets and other first-aid resources to the Rotarians.

According to the CERT: “In Columbiana County, we work under the Emergency Management Agency (EMA). We do not self-deploy for emergencies; instead, we make sure that our own families and neighborhoods are safe and deploy when called out by the EMA.”

Supporting Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts

Hurricane Dorian was one of the strongest hurricanes to ever make landfall, hitting the Bahamas on September 1st as a category 5 storm with top winds of 185 mph. It lingered for several days before moving up the east coast, leaving 70,000 people homeless, 43 dead, and thousands of others without access to food, water, electricity or healthcare.

Courtesy of the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross has deployed four disaster response specialists to support communications, assessments, and planning in the Bahamas, in addition to volunteers and supplies, and has committed $2 million to support relief efforts. In the US, they have been coordinating the arrival and care for evacuees coming from the Bahamas.

As leading environmental experts in Emergency Response services, we understand the complex challenge of helping communities recover from disaster situations. Before clean-up efforts can begin, the immediate focus must be on safe shelter, food and clean water for the thousands impacted by Hurricane Dorian.  As a salute to the first responders, who marched bravely to the Bahamas and the mid-Atlantic states, Heritage donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross to help fund the most urgent needs of the communities effected by Hurricane Dorian.  Angie Martin, Vice President and Emergency Response Lead, said “Heritage is pleased to support the Red Cross during the Dorian response.  The Red Cross is always first on the scene and stays until the job is done.”

“I am deeply grateful for Heritage’s gift to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Dorian relief. Your passionate commitment will enable American Red Cross volunteers to stand with those and provide ongoing assistance as the survivors begin to face many challenges of recovery,” said Meg Ahlering, regional philanthropy officer for the Red Cross.

If you would like to support relief efforts for Hurricane Dorian, please visit redcross.org to donate.

About Heritage Environmental Services

Heritage Environmental Services is a privately held, family-owned business headquartered in Indianapolis with more than 1,600 employees across North and Central America. We provide a full suite of tailored solutions – from emergency response, waste disposal, and sustainability services to on-site support and technical solutions – to thousands of customers in hundreds of industries and verticals. Throughout our 50-year history, Heritage Environmental Services has prioritized the safety of our employees while pursuing our purpose of protecting human health and the environment.

Heritage Partners with Timmy Global Health on Water Purification Project in Guatemala

Timmy Global Health is an international NGO based in Indianapolis, IN with a mission to improve healthcare access to underserved populations at home and abroad.  They partner with healthcare clinics in 11 communities across four countries. When central Guatemala’s Volcán de Fuego erupted in June 2018, two of these communities sustained serious damage.

As news of the eruption’s devastating impact was shared around the world, Heritage Environmental Services got in touch with Timmy to ask how we could help. An immediate need for clean water was identified. As leaders in wastewater treatment services, Heritage understands the fundamental role clean water plays in maintaining safe environments and healthy communities.

In partnership with Clean Water for the World, a Kalamazoo-based non-profit with a mission to provide simple, adaptable water purification systems to communities without access to potable water, Heritage funded a grant to install water purification systems in both Timmy communities impacted by the eruption. The grant mandated oversight of the water purification systems by local community boards made up of mothers, schoolteachers and others who would ensure equitable access.

Guatemalan women gets water from a newly installed water purification system
A resident of one of the Guatemalan communities, using a newly purified water tap.

“Heritage’s support to Timmy, and the communities they serve, demonstrates our commitment to health and wellness not just within our organization, but to communities near and far,” said Jeff Laborsky, CEO of Heritage Environmental Services.

“This partnership between Timmy, Heritage, and our local partner 32 Volcanos shows the power of creating international cross sector relationships.  After recently visiting Guatemala and seeing the impact of the system firsthand, it is clear that this system will provide clean water to the community for years to come,”  said Nick Reich, Executive Director of Timmy Global Health.

About Timmy Global Health

Timmy Global Health expands access to healthcare and empowers students and volunteers to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges. To achieve this goal, Timmy sends medical service teams to support the work of international partner organizations, channels financial, medical, and human resources to community based health and development projects in the developing world, and empowers students to fundraise, advocate and serve in an effort to fight health disparities at home and abroad.

About Heritage Environmental Services

Heritage Environmental Services is a privately held, family-owned business headquartered in Indianapolis with more than 1,600 employees across North and Central America. Heritage provides a full suite of tailored solutions – from emergency response, waste disposal, and sustainability services to on-site support and technical solutions – to thousands of customers in hundreds of industries and verticals. Throughout its 50-year history, Heritage has prioritized the safety of its employees while pursuing its purpose of protecting human health and the environment.