Project Cool Breeze

What is Project Cool Breeze?

In 1909, City of Charleston councilman Wendell Gilliard began a project to provide new fans and air conditioners to elderly persons, 60 years or older, in the tri-county area in response to a number of heat-related deaths.

With the growing number of seniors, particularly those on low-fixed incomes, it is more important than ever that the community and local businesses support Project Cool Breeze.

Donations can be made at any time during the year, but the greatest need is from May to September. During this time, air conditioners and fans are distributed to elderly persons in need.

11 Years of Serving Area Seniors

Project Cool Breeze received more than 700 requests for applications for air conditioners and fans during the 2008 season. Because of the community's generation we received more than $30,000 in donations and were able to serve 375 families. Over the past 10 years we averaged serving 250 to 300 families each year.

How Can You Help?

You can help in two ways: By donating a new fan or air conditioner at specified donation locations or by making a tax-deductable monetary contribution that will help purchase fans and air conditioners. You may call 720-1987 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for more information.

Monetary Donations May Be Sent To:

City of Charleston
Project Cool Breeze
116 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Checks should be made payable to:

City of Charleston
Project Cool Breeze

Newly purchased fans and air conditioners may be dropped off at the following locations:

West Ashley location only

How Do I Sign Up For A Fan Or Air Conditioner?

To receive an application for consideration for a fan or air conditioner, you may call 720-1987, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Once you have completed the appropriate paperwork and are added to the waiting list, you will be contacted individually if a cooling unity or fan is available. You may NOT pick up units from drop-off locations.