Seniors chill out with A/C program
A program to provide new and used air conditioners to seniors, or cash to buy the units, is in full swing at the Voluntary Action Center in Beloit. The program to assist low-income elderly residents of Rock County is now in its 10th year and going strong.
Goals of the center are listed in the mission statement: “The Voluntary Action Center will serve as a clearing house for volunteer efforts; provide education, training, and technical assistance to community based organizations and volunteers and will collaborate with others to address timely community issues.”
The air conditioning program seems to fit well with the mission criteria. Under the air conditioning program, the not-for-profit Voluntary Action Center works with Rock County Council on Aging to solve problems associated with heat-related illnesses for seniors.
Sadly, there are never enough units to support the need. Averages of 75 seniors are on waiting lists each summer, and about half the orders are filled.
In order to receive an air conditioner, seniors need to present proof of low income and a note from a health care professional that indicates they have a condition that would be alleviated by the use of an air conditioner. Pick up and delivery of units are by volunteers, and anyone can donate.
For more information about the program, call 608-365-1278.
Keith Barber is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at 414-225-1821.