Habitat for Humanity – Our Commitment from Apollo
Partners In Service:
Apollo Home Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing + Habitat for Humanity
For over 15 years, Apollo Home Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing has partnered with Habitat for Humanity because of Apollo Home’s belief in Habitat’s mission to help those less fortunate become homeowners.
Apollo Home supports Habitat’s work in teaching people the value of work ethic and rewarding them with home ownership that will fundamentally change the recipient’s life. Apollo Home was impressed by Habitat’s requirements for a resident of 500 hours of sweat equity in the home and ongoing financial responsibility for the home’s care and upkeep. Apollo Home also saw Habitat as a non-profit strongly aligned with one of Apollo Home’s core values: Passion to Serve.
Compelled to help Habitat dramatically change the landscape of those less fortunate, James Gerdsen, Apollo Home President/CEO, joined the local Habitat for Humanity board. Although Apollo Home had donated labor and materials for homes in the past, it stepped up its donation effort in 2012 with over $50,000 in labor, materials and funds through an incentive contest called True Grit. The contest was designed to focus on what Gerdsen calls the four dimensions of leadership: Personal, Family, Business and Community.
Apollo Home encouraged its employees to volunteer Personal time and bring Family members with them to Habitat work sites. Apollo Home, as a Business, donated to Habitat a percentage of each HVAC and plumbing service and installation from January through April of 2012. In total, the True Grit employee contest resulted in over 1,000 hours of Community service and raised $10,000 for Habitat.
“My personal mission is aligned with a belief that people, families, and businesses build a strong community,” Gerdsen said. “Working with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, we’ve seen how collaboration we can positively impact homes, lives, and communities.”
"Ernie & Mike did a superb job on my new furnace and A/C installation. Despite having more than a day’s work to do, they came in and stayed until the job was done. They were organized, efficient, and protected the rest of the house well. Got both furnace and A/C installed the same day. Ernie was courteous, informative, and clearly knew his job better than anyone I’ve encountered before. The units look so good guests now get The Tour of our new system. Apollo is clearly not a fly-by-night company. I would recommend them to anyone in need of a new furnace and/or A/C."
- Jerry A.
"I called Apollo because of a water leak I thought I had in our upstairs shower going into the kitchen. Robbie came and assured me everything was fine & looked at all the other plumbing. He ended up changing a few pipes for our washer & clearing a drain. He was very nice & knowledgeable with all my questions. I ended up signing up for the care plan & was very happy with my service."
- Cassandra B.
"The team at Apollo exceeded my expectations. As a business owner, my attention to the details and commitment to providing excellent service is high. From the sales rep. to the installation team, everyone’s performance was outstanding. For example, the installation team went to great lengths to protect our floors, placing floor runners and across the wood floors and up the stairs. They even were spot washing walls upon their departure. I highly recommend this company."
- Randy B.
"We scheduled an estimate AND a tune-up. We knew something was wrong with our furnace, but hoped we could make it through the rest of the season. Upon telling Bill what our furnace was doing, he warned us immediately what the possible outcome was going to be; a cracked heat exchanger. He watched the flames roll backward, tested carbon monoxide levels, which were so high they meter’s last reading was 5,600 before saying “high”. He immediately shut it down, tagged it, and explained that with levels that high and children in our home he wanted off right away. He continued his inspection and showed us via a camera that not only was it cracked in multiple places, but had holes all over it. He gave us a few options for repairing it; his knowledge as well as genuine concern was beneficial and refreshing. Luckily we also scheduled an estimator, Micah, to come too and we were able to get costs between repairing and replacing (with several options). We decided to replace with a much higher efficiency furnace and one sized properly to our home. Hands down, not only did they both provide us great service and knowledge, but without sounding dramatic, they may have saved our lives. This was our first time calling Apollo, but it won’t be our last."
- Sarah B.
"Apollo is an excellent company. I always receive great service. Alex A. was professional and friendly. He kept me informed during the process of checking my furnace and heat pump to make sure they were working properly. The company makes sure you are notified who is coming and when they are on the way. All my interactions with the company have been wonderful."
- Beverly S.