Free electric fans for older adults and disabled individuals starting July 6, 2020
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 Monday, July 6, qualified individuals may call one of the sites below for more information and instruction on how to receive a fan. Appointments are required in advance due to most sites remaining temporarily closed for walk-in clients in accordance with the CDC and Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness guidelines. 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
- Northwest Neighborhood Place (40212); 502-574-5434
- South Jefferson Neighborhood Place (40258); 502-363-1424 (Fairdale); 485-7310 (Valley site)
- Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place (40210); 502-634-6050
- KIPDA (40299); 502-266-5571
- Tri-County Community Action Agency (Henry County 502-845-7808; Oldham County 502-222-1349; and Trimble County 502- 255-7514)
- Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency (Shelby County 502-633-2218; Spencer County 502-477-8296; Bullitt County 502-543-3455)
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 5th year.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, alternate plans have been made for the 2020 Fan Fair to distribute fans at multiple sites in place of a larger, community gathering.
"The continued interest we’ve received again this year is evidence of the compassion and desire to take care of one’s neighbor that truly exists in the Louisville community,” stated Sarah Teeters, Coordinator for OADC, part of the Office of Resilience and Community Services. “We would especially like to thank AARP, National Active and Retired Federal Employees, Humana, 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. 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!” stated Jennifer Craig, Aging and Disability Resource Specialist for KIPDA.
Monetary donations are still accepted and appreciated to purchase fans. Checks can be made payable to KIPDA, Attn: Fan Fair, mailed to 11520 Commonwealth Drive, Louisville, KY 40299 and postmarked by July 30.
Fan supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
For more information about the Fan Fair event, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/resilience-and-community-services/office-aging-disabled-citizens or https://www.kipda.org/.