Updated for 2021: Summer months - June through August - inflict considerably high temperatures and humidity in San Antonio. Seniors living in homes without air conditioning or circulating air face a greater risk of heat-related injuries and fatalities during the summer.
Since 1997, the City of San Antonio (Human Services, Fire Department) Catholic Charities of San Antonio, Inc., United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and community/corporate partners have coordinated Project Cool to provide heat relief to senior residents 60 years of age and older across the city through donation and free distribution of 20-inch box fans to seniors in need.
How to Donate
Donations of five or more 20” box fans can be dropped off at St. Stephen’s CARE Center, 2127 S. Zarzamora St., Monday-Friday 8:30 am-5:00 pm or donations of less than five fans can be dropped off at any Fire Station (except Station 23 at the Airport).
How to Request a Fan
Seniors who are 60 years of age and older, current San Antonio residents, and show a critical need for a box fan are eligible to receive a fan free of charge. Just call 2-1-1 (United Way Helpline) to request a box fan (fan supplies are limited by donations received during the summer).
Below is a map of locations where you can pick up or drop off your fans.