Senior Cool Care Helps Virginia’s Senior Citizens Cool Their Homes

Hot weather is here and senior citizens can get help to cool their homes this summer.

Senior Cool Care is a public-private partnership sponsored by Dominion Energy and administered by the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services.  It helps low-income older citizens in Virginia keep cool during the summer months. The program runs through the last working day in October.

The program provides single room fans, window air conditioners and portable air conditioners to elderly Virginians who live within Dominion Energy’s service area and who meet eligibility requirements. Seniors must be 60 or older, be at or below 150% of the poverty level, and need additional cooling at home.

Local area Agencies on Aging administer Senior Cool Care by screening applicants and distributing air conditioners, fans, or portable air conditioners.

Senior Cool Care funding may not be used for delivery or installation of air conditioners or bill payment assistance. If bill payment assistance is needed, the senior may apply through EnergyShare’s bill payment program.

For more information on Senior Cool Care, contact Valley Program for Aging Services at 1-800-868-8727.  The agency serves Bath, Highland, Rockingham, Rockbridge and Augusta Counties.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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