Cool for Wake

Woman controlling the air conditioner.

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, an annual grant from the Duke Energy Foundation and through a partnership with the RRAR REALTOR Giving Network

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:
 Online Donation

Mail to:
Cool for Wake 
P.O. Box 46833 
Raleigh, NC 27620-6833 

For more information about donating an in-kind gift, please contact Denise Kissel at 919-212-7083 or

Information about program partners

Cool for Wake is made possible by the generous contribution of our partners:

Contact Us

Denise Kissel, Volunteer and University Relations Coordinator 
Phone: 919-212-7083 
Fax: 919-231-5716 

Aryn Banks, Seasonal Outreach Projects Coordinator 

Phone: 919-231-5549 
Fax: 919-231-5716 

Wake County Health & Human Services 
P.O. Box 46833 
Raleigh, NC 27620