North Texas is no stranger to heat. However, even native Texans are struggling to deal with this summer’s record-breaking temperatures. While all of us are impacted by the heat, adults over 65, low-income households, outdoor workers, and infants are the most vulnerable when the temperature rises. United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has compiled the following list of resources for people looking for relief from the heat and for those who want to donate to help their neighbors stay cool.
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Beat the Heat:
- Multiple Cooling Centers have been opened across DFW:
- Dallas County’s Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program aims to increase the efficiency of energy usage in a safe manner for eligible Dallas County residents in low-income households.
- The North Texas Air Conditioning Initiative provides qualifying individuals in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area who lack residential air conditioning with free window unit air conditioners as a way to relieve families from the intense summer heat.
How to Help:
- The Senior Source “Beat The Heat Campaign” is fundraising to provide window units to seniors across the region
- The Salvation Army’s Fan Drive is collecting money for box fans.
- The Assistance Center of Collin County needs water and snacks to distribute to the homeless in Collin County and box fans to distribute to those without working air conditioning.
- Austin Street Center is accepting donations and providing a cool place during the ruthless heat conditions for the most vulnerable homeless.
- St Vincent de Paul is seeking funds to assist people in staying cool in their homes.