Vulnerable residents who are unable to cool their homes during extreme heat conditions may qualify for Wake County's Cool for Wake program. Cool for Wake provides one free fan per household where there are seniors or children under 12 living without air conditioning. A limited number of air conditioners is available to seniors and children who have a documented medical history of chronic illness affecting their respiratory system. The program runs through Friday, September 5, 2014.
"Community members can support Cool for Wake by donating new or like-new condition fans or by making monetary contributions to help Wake County residents in need," said Denise Kissel, Cool for Wake program coordinator. "We have already begun experiencing high temperatures and humidity this season, so any donation can make a great difference for someone experiencing negative health impacts due to the heat."
Cool for Wake also accepts donations of new window unit air conditioners. All donations should be directed to the Community Resources Office of Wake County Human Services Swinburne Building, 220 Swinburne St., Raleigh. Monetary donations are tax deductible and can be made online.
In 2013, Wake County helped 191 households that were without air conditioning and raised more than $2,800. Cool for Wake began in 1991 as a complement to Wake County's Warmth for Wake program, which provides energy assistance to qualified individuals during winter months.
For more information on how to qualify for Cool for Wake or to make a donation, call 919-212-7083, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit YouTube.com/wakegov to watch a WakeGOV TV segment on the Cool for Wake program.