Can you accept used fans?

For our purposes we use new fans although we've been offered used fans and airconditioners.

The problem we faced when at first considering this was some needed rewiring, some needed cleaning, and the air conditioners were a liability issue. Even if they were in good working order it still was a logistical problem for us to be able to store, assess and distribute them.  Right now when we order we can have the fans delivered wherever we want for free via amazon.  Or Meals on wheels can pick them up from Walmart. Lifespan buys them tax exempt for us.

How you can help keep Rochester seniors cool this summer

Photo: Olivia Lopez/@olopez4/Staff Photographer

Photo: Olivia Lopez/@olopez4/Staff Photographer

Every year, Maria Friske gets more fans.  

She’s gathering the kind that circulates air and the kind that admire what she’s doing to help low-income seniors stay cool this summer.

“I say God bless her because that’s what she is, a blessing from God,” said Lillian Gonzalez, who met Friske when she brought a fan to the Rochester woman’s house on the day before summer officially started.

After two summers of bringing fans to older people living in adult-care homes, Friske wants to get 20-inch box fans to Monroe County seniors who are living in their own homes.


Patti Singer, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | read the full article here

Meals On Wheels is very excited and honored to partner this year with The Fan Club

Meals On Wheels is very excited and honored to partner this year with The Fan Club and Lifespan to offer and deliver fans to seniors in need in our community. Maria truly has a heart of gold and Meals On Wheels can’t thank Maria Friske and her volunteers enough for her thoughtfulness and initiative in getting The Fan Club going. It is a huge need in our community and seniors suffer daily in the summer with lack of air conditioning and fans to help ward off the heat.
— Margaret Schweizer, Meals On Wheels Director

full press release to come soon.

Even if temperatures get back to the 90s this weekend or beyond, more residents of a low-income assisted living facility should be feeling a breeze.

“I feel funny getting an award for just doing the right thing, I’m going to accept it on behalf of everyone that donated because they really deserve the award. If no one responded to the post, it wouldn’t have been anything.”
— Maria Friske

Lifespan of Greater Rochester, which is collaborating with Irondequoit resident Maria Friske, said $700 had been donated to the nonprofit that provides nonmedical services to older adults and their caregivers.

The money will be used to buy about 40 fans for residents of Shire Senior Living after Friske last week wrote on Facebook that many residents did not have fans in their rooms. Friske already had delivered about 40 fans that were donated by friends who saw her posts.

Once the need has been met at Shire Senior Living, officials at Lifespan said money would be used at other long-term care facilities that serve low-income people.

Friske has started a page devoted to the effort that she has dubbed the Fan Club.

Thursday night, the 53-year-old Friske is scheduled to receive the Irondequoit Town Board’s monthly Good Neighbor Award.

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Finally, a break from the heat.

While the rest of us should enjoy the first workdays since June without temperatures cracking 90 degrees, relief started last week for residents of an adult care home in Irondequoit.

Maria Friske, who lives a few houses away from Shire Senior Living, shared on her Facebook page a chance encounter with a resident who said he wasn’t sleeping because of the heat. Friends and friends of friends responded, and so far more than three dozen fans have been delivered to the facility.

Friske also contacted Lifespan of Greater Rochester, which is accepting financial donations that can be earmarked for fans for the elderly.

“She has just taken this on,” said Ann Marie Cook, president and chief executive officer of Lifespan.

In August 2016, Maria Friske posted on Facebook about residents of an adult home needing fans, and she said the response was overwhelming. (Photo: Provided by Maria Friske)

“I spent the weekend crying because I’ve been so happily overwhelmed,” said Friske, 53, a graphic designer who works in Webster.  “So many people want to help. So many people just didn’t know, like I, that people needed fans. The first reaction is it breaks your heart. The second reaction when you see all the outpouring of people helping is joy.”

Shire Senior Living is not required by the state Department of Health to have air conditioning in residents’ rooms.

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