Connecting Cooling Centers with Resources
The Cooling Center Response Network is a decentralized donation network that seeks to meet the needs of cooling center providers and donors offering cooling center supplies. Cooling centers, typically found in community centers, churches and other community-based organizations, serve as a safe, cool indoor retreats during extreme heat days.
The need for cooling centers is greater now than ever before. Extreme heat arrived early in 2020 and lingered until late Fall in Arizona. Record breaking temperatures, along with the COVID pandemic, challenged systems for providing indoor cool environments. Public buildings were closed, and non-profits lacked volunteers and resources to staff cooling centers. In Maricopa County, there were 82% less cooling centers open during 2020 compared to 2019.
The Cooling Center Response Network seeks to connect organizations providing cooling center space with donations of water, PPE, and operational supplies. Register as a cooling center provider or cooling center supplier to provide thermal comfort and better serve the most heat-vulnerable community members during the summer months.
Contact 211 Arizona.
Contact the Maricopa Association of Governments Heat Relief Network.