Cool for Wake is a seasonal weather relief program that provides free fans to vulnerable residents who are adversely affected by extreme summer temperatures between May and September
Households eligible for assistance from the Cool for Wake project include homes where a child, senior or disabled person is living without air conditioning.
This program is made possible through the generosity of community donors and an annual grant from the Duke Energy Foundation.
Get assistance through Cool for Wake
Request a fan
Households without air conditioning that contain a senior citizen (60+) and/or children under age 12 may request to receive a fan through their social worker or service intake. Qualifying households will be issued one 20-inch box fan per household per year.
Please note: Households with air conditioning should not be referred for fans unless the air conditioner is not working.
Request an air conditioner
Each year, a limited number of window-unit air conditioners are available to seniors and children who have a documented medical history of chronic illness affecting their respiratory system (emphysema, COPD, HIV, asthma, etc.). Requests for these units must be accompanied by a written statement from the applicant's physician.
Request financial assistance with your cooling bills
Financial assistance to help with cooling bills may be available during the summer months through the Crisis Intervention Program (CIP). Applications for financial assistance can be made through the Wake County Energy Assistance Program.
Make a Financial or In-Kind Donation to Cool for Wake
We welcome tax-deductible financial and in-kind donations of new or gently used fans and air conditioners. All funds raised through this program go directly to families in need, and NO administrative costs are deducted from the proceeds.
Financial contributions can be made online or mailed in:
Cool for Wake
P.O. Box 46833
Raleigh, NC 27620-6833
Information about program partners
Aryn Banks, Seasonal Outreach Projects Coordinator
Wake County Human Services
P.O. Box 46833
Raleigh, NC 27620