Department of Human Services
Project Cool


106 S. St. Mary's, 7th Floor
San Antonio, TX 78205




  • Melody Woosley
  • Jessica Dovalina
    Assistant Director
  • Patrick Steck
    Assistant Director
woman surrounded by box fans

Get/Give Fan Relief for Seniors this summer

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.

To find out how to donate a fan or request a fan (if you are an eligible senior), click on one of the two tabs below.

In order to protect the health of first responders, current safety protocols prohibit public visits to San Antonio Fire Stations. Unfortunately, this will prevent the San Antonio Fire Department, a longtime partner in Project Cool, from accepting fan donations at Fire Stations at this time.

How to Donate a Fan for Project Cool

Purchase a new 20-inch electric box fan at any area retail store—box fans cost between $20 and $30.

Donations of 20-inch box fans can be dropped off at the following locations. Drop-off times are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

  • Catholic Charities, 202 W. French Place, 78212; 
  • Guadalupe Community Center, 1801 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., 78207; and 
  • St. Stephen’s CARE Center, 2127 S. Zarzamora, 78207.

Fans may also be dropped off at the following Department of Human Services facilities. Hours for drop-off at the Human Services facilities are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Anyone interested in receiving a free box fan should call the United Way Helpline at 211 to find a convenient site.

  • West End Park Senior Center – 1226 N.W. 18th St., 78207 
  • Claude W. Black Community Center – 2805 E. Commerce, 78203 
  • Southside Lions Senior Center – 3303 Pecan Valley, 78210 
  • Bob Ross Senior Center – 2219 Babcock, 78229

You can also donate monetary contributions toward the purchase of box fans for senior residents. To donate mail a check in any amount payable to “Project Cool c/o Catholic Charities” to: Catholic Charities of San Antonio, 202 W. French Place, San Antonio, TX 78212.

Thank You for your donation!

How to Request a Fan

  1. Seniors who are 60 years of age and older, current San Antonio residents and show critical need for a box fan are eligible to receive a fan free of charge.
  2. Call 2-1-1 (United Way Helpline) to request a box fan (fan supplies are limited by donations received during the summer).

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