About Family Eldercare: Since 1982, we have helped seniors, adults with disabilities and their caregivers live safely and as independently as possible, regardless of their income level or ability to pay. We provide care and comfort to those who have neither. We serve over 6,000 individuals and their caregivers each year through a range of programs including the Summer Fan Drive, In-Home Care, Money Management, Guardianship Services, Counseling, Lifetime Connections Without Walls, the Institute on Aging and our beautiful Lyons Gardens senior community. To learn more visit www.familyeldercare.org
History of Fan Drive: The Summer Fan Drive began in 1990 when we raised 50 fans for seniors in Austin. This summer will we deliver our 80,000th fan, and provide 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.
15 years ago, two iconic Austin institutions – KGSR and Threadgill’s – came together to create our most popular and important fundraising event of the year – Fan Fare Friday. 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 2014 Fan Fare Friday
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.
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 2013, we distributed 5,621 fans across 11 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.