Vulnerable residents unable to cool their homes during extreme heat may qualify for Wake County's Cool for Wake program. Cool for Wake, which runs through Friday, September 6, 2013, provides free fans to households where seniors or children under 12 are 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.
"We encourage community members to support Cool for Wake by donating new or good-condition fans or making monetary contributions to help Wake County residents in need," said Denise Kissel, Cool for Wake program coordinator. "A donation to Cool for Wake can have a positive impact for an individual whose health can deteriorate quickly during times of high heat and humidity."
Cool for Wake also accepts donations of new window-unit air conditioners. All donations should be directed to the Community Resources office on the first floor of the Wake County Human Services Center at 220 Swinburne St., Raleigh
. Monetary donations are tax deductible.
In 2012, Wake County helped more than 200 households without air conditioning and raised more than $6,000. Cool for Wake began in 1991 to complement Wake County's Warmth for Wake program, which provides energy assistance to qualified individuals during winter months.