History of Fan Drive
The Summer Fan Drive began in 1990 when we raised 50 fans for seniors in Austin. Last summer, we delivered our 85,000th fan and provided heat relief to thousands of people throughout Central Texas. Our good friends at KXAN – in particular Austin’s favorite weatherman, Jim Spencer – took up the banner of this effort very early on and helped bring vital attention to the Summer Fan Drive.
Our most popular and important fundraising event of the year is Fans from Fans. Music, great food, family fun and community spirit blend for an all-day event in June that raises thousands of dollars and fans for the people we serve. Learn more about the 2017 Fans from Fans
As the success of the Summer Fan Drive grew, it not only met the growing demand for heat relief, but also became a critical source of support for Family Eldercare’s core mission. Through services such as In-Home Care, Money Management, Service Coordination, Counseling, Guardianship and education, we help seniors, adults with disabilities and their caregivers find safety, dignity and independence as they age. Learn more about Family Eldercare
Summer Fan Drive Facts:
- “Fans Open Doors.” Fan Drive recipients receive outreach “kits” including basic needs resource information (nutrition, utilities, transportation, etc.) , heat relief tips and other help. Volunteers delivering to homebound seniors and adults with disabilities are trained to watch out for signs of neglect, abuse or other dangerous conditions.
- In 2016, we distributed over 6,000 fans across 14 counties!
- Thanks to community support, the Summer Fan Drive provides outreach and relief services for FOUR of the hottest months of the year (May 1 – August 31), and is an important source of support for our year-round programs and services.
- The Austin-Round Rock metro area has the fastest population growth for pre-seniors (55-64) in the nation, and the second-fastest growth rate for seniors 65 and older! Your support has never been more important.