Free electric fan distribution for older adults and individuals with disabilities starting June 21
Appointments required in advance; fans distributed on a first come, first served basis
Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, community organizations, and residents, hundreds of electric fans have been collected to provide heat relief for older adults and people with disabilities.
The Fan Fair giveaway qualifications and guidelines are as follows:
- Person 60 years of age or older
- Or documentation verified by a physician of a disability
- Resident of Jefferson, Oldham, Henry, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble or Bullitt Counties
- Proof of address and age
- One fan per household
- Household must not have functional central air conditioning
Beginning Wednesday, June 16, qualified individuals may call one of the sites below for more information and instruction on how to receive a fan. Distribution of fans will begin on Monday, June 21. Appointments are required in advance. The locations include:
- First Neighborhood Place (40219); 502-313-4700
- Cane Run Neighborhood Place (40216); 502-485-6810
- South Central Neighborhood Place (40215); 502-485-7130
- Ujima Neighborhood Place (40211); 502-485-6710
- South Jefferson Neighborhood Place (40258); 502-363-1424
- Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place (40210); 502-634-6050
- KIPDA (40299); 502-266-5571
- Tri-County Community Action Agency (Henry County, Oldham, Trimble Counties): 502-222-1349
- Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency (Bullitt, Shelby, Spencer Counties): 502-633-7162
Note the Neighborhood Place sites will be closed on Friday, June 18, in observance of the Juneteenth holiday.
Fan Fair is an annual event sponsored by KIPDA Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living and Louisville Metro Office for Aging & Disabled Citizens (OADC). These organizations first joined forces in 2016 to implement a Fan Fair and Community Resource event in response to the numerous calls they received requesting heat relief. The Fan Fair/fan giveaway event is now in its 6th year.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, alternate plans were made for the 2021 Fan Fair to distribute fans at multiple sites in place of a larger, community gathering.
“Our partners organizations and citizen have stepped up once again to provide fans for the Louisville community,” stated Alli Woosley, coordinator for the OADC, part of the city’s Office of Resilience and Community Services. “We would especially like to thank AARP, National Active and Retired Federal Employees, The city of Plantation, KIPDA, Louisville Metro Resilience and Community Services, and our anonymous resident donors who continue to make this program a success.”
“This year even with all the challenges that we are facing, the community stepped up and donated fans without us asking, people started calling, without us publicizing it,” stated Jennifer Craig, Aging and Disability Resource Specialist for KIPDA. “That is the definition of a working resource, a resource that even when the actual event had to be cancelled, the community helped to push the planning forward. I am so proud that our idea has turned into something this great. A fan can make a difference!”
Monetary donations are still accepted and appreciated to purchase additional fans. Checks can be made payable to KIPDA, Attn: Fan Fair, mailed to 11520 Commonwealth Drive, Louisville, KY 40299.
Fan supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.
For more information about the Fan Fair event, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/resilience-and-community-services/fan-fair or https://www.kipda.org/.