The county is asking for community support so that Cool for Wake can continue providing assistance to low-income individuals who are unable to cool their homes during extreme heat conditions. Anyone can support the program by purchasing fans and donating them to the program or by making tax-deductible monetary contributions.
Most fans cost $10 to $15. Cool for Wake also accepts donations of gently used fans and air conditioners. Both new and used fans and air conditioners can be delivered to the Community Resources office on the first floor of the Wake County Human Services Swinburne Building, 220 Swinburne Street, Raleigh.
During the summer, the elderly and small children along with individuals with chronic respiratory illnesses can be negatively impacted by prolonged exposure to extreme heat. Cool for Wake's goal is to reach out to Wake County individuals who are vulnerable to these negative effects. Many low-income households do not have air conditioning or cannot afford the increase in energy costs to cool their homes.
In a typical summer, Wake County will assist 300 to 500 households.
To make a donation to Cool for Wake, call (919) 212-7083.