The temperatures are rising in Central Texas, which means the 25th Annual Summer Fan Drive is right around the corner! This annual event raises fans and funds for Texans in need, including seniors, adults with disabilities, and families with young children who cannot afford to stay cool on their own. Fans seem like a simple item, but in reality, they can be life-saving, lowering someone’s core temperature up to eight degrees!
Last year, we distributed over 5,300 fans to almost 3,000 households! Not only that, but our ability to give fans to those in needs opens the door to providing greatly needed resources and referrals to services many are either too proud or too isolated to know about. Every year, the Fan Drive grows, in no small part thanks to our amazing sponsors and community supporters. Funds donated to the Summer Fan Drive help us reach clients once we open their door to deliver fans, providing vital services from our In-Home Care, Guardianship, Money Management, and Service Coordination departments. These impacts are life changing, and our supporters make it all possible.
There are several ways to be involved and each is important! The three big ways are – sponsorships, team drives, and volunteering.
Sponsorships are available at varying levels and provide vital funds for our mission. Sponsors enjoy promotion at Fan Fare Friday, as well as throughout the summer, through radio, TV, and web exposure. Sponsors not only gain the satisfaction of supporting those clients in need, but also enjoy notoriety in the community as an organization that cares. Our Fan Drive sponsors are thanked online via our website and social media, in print on marketing materials, and in person at Fan Fare Friday. In addition to our efforts, our partners at KXAN and KGSR also thank our sponsors, exponentially expanding brand exposure to our audience. Take a look at the sponsorship page for a more in-depth breakdown of our extensive sponsorship opportunities!
Team Drives are an excellent way for work groups to be involved! Teams raise fans and funds through their coworkers, as well as their community. Teams often end their drive by donating what they have raised at Fan Fare Friday on June 19th, located at Threadgill’s World Headquarters downtown. This provides exposure to companies during that event on signage, and is a great team-building experience for staff members. Registration and FAQs are at the link!
Volunteering does not require any fundraising, but is generally a bigger time commitment for individuals. Volunteers can help on a regular basis in the Fan Drive office answering phones and passing out fans, by picking up donations from fire stations, or by delivering fans to those who cannot leave their homes. The delivery option is something work teams like to do, because it allows them to get volunteer hours in on their schedule. Teams can offer to deliver fans on a certain day, and I will put together routes and fans for teams of 1-3 people to take out (more than one team can participate at a time, we just ask that whole teams not go to the same house, as that can be overwhelming!)
If you decide to participate with either a Team Drive or as a volunteer team, know that only ONE person has to register, and there is a place to make notes about your intentions for your team.
Thanks, and we hope to see you this summer!