Voluntary Action Center asks for help with Summer Fan Program

Friday, May 28, 2010 | 12:13 p.m. CDT; updated 4:29 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 28, 2010

COLUMBIA — The Voluntary Action Center needs fans.

The center is looking for donations for its Summer Fan Program, the organization announced in a news release. The program is designed to provide low-income households with fans as the temperatures begin to rise during the summer.

Fans are distributed to populations that are vulnerable to the heat. Households with infants and young children, pregnant moms, the elderly and the disabled are eligible for the program, the release said.

The fan program relies on donations from the community, the release said. The center has already had 75 fan requests this summer, said Cindy Mustard, executive director of the Voluntary Action Center.

“We usually have about 10, 20 requests or so,” she said. “But it has been higher this year because the weather has been a lot hotter than usual."

Mustard expects the center, in its 21st year, will be able to provide about 250 families with fans this year after helping 215 families last year.

Donors can contribute fans or money. A $10 donation will go toward a new 20-inch fan.

"We prefer new fans, but people can bring used fans that are in good condition," Mustard said.

Fans can be taken to the Voluntary Action Center at 403 A Vandiver Drive. Those wishing to make a request for a fan or a donation can reach the office at 874-2273.

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