For 30 years Family Eldercare’s Summer Fan Drive has provided outreach and relief to some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

The idea is simple: an inexpensive fan to help provide some relief from the searing Texas heat. That simple idea has engaged our community in one of the largest efforts of its kind in the nation, and helped to boost the year-round mission of Family Eldercare.


History of Fan Drive

The Summer Fan Drive began in 1990 when we raised 20 fans for seniors in Austin. Last summer, we delivered our 100,000th 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 2020 Fans from Fans event here.

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, In-Home Counseling, Guardianship and Lifetime Connections Without Walls, we help seniors, adults with disabilities and their caregivers find safety, dignity and independence as they age. Learn more about Family Eldercare

2019 Summer Fan Drive Fun Facts:

First year of partnering with Shady Grove for Fans From Fans – See event HERE

KXAN’s live broadcast at Shady Grove (sponsor banner in the back ground) See HERE

KXAN live broadcast at High 5. See HERE

McCullough Heating and Air was a special guest with Rosie on KXAN’s Studio512 . Al D’Andrea did a phenomenal job highlighting the importance of community partners supporting the fan drive.

7,000 fans distributed to Central Texans to avoid heat related illness.

11,144 people served

$175,000 raised during Fans From Fans

$25,000 raised during Fans-4-Paws event to collect fans and funds for seniors and their companion animals who live in HOT homes. Video of this new event at Easy Tiger  HERE

Multiple hours of volunteer services provided by 15 volunteers.

Dorothy, Volunteer Fan Drive Queen story here

$275,000 total amount raised with donations still coming in.

We recognized sponsors on Fans From Fans t-shirts, newsletters that were sent throughout the fan drive to 5,000-6,000 people, and with signage in multiple locations at our Summer Fan Drive Events

Sponsors were thanked daily on our website & social media

  • 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 home-bound seniors and adults with disabilities are trained to watch out for signs of neglect, abuse or other dangerous conditions
  • 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 31st), and is an important source of support for our year-round programs and services. With temperatures remaining dangerously high for longer than anticipated in 2019, we extended the Summer Fan Drive up through September 15th to ensure as many individuals and families in need throughout Central Texas were able to stay safe and protected.
  • 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.