Salvation Army is Cooling Off Communities in Need

The July 4th holiday is summer at its best if you have a place to beat the heat.

Weather predictions for this summer indicate that while the heat waves may not hold as steady as the summers of 2010-2012, many states will experience pockets of significant heat. These waves can create serious issues concerning heat-related illnesses for those exposed to high temperature environments or involved in outdoor activities.

In many areas facing extreme temperatures, The Salvation Army is there to assist with “cooling stations” to help afflicted communities escape oppressive temperatures. These stations are meant to provide a safe haven for people to come in to avoid heat strokes, exhaustion, and stress.

The Salvation Army serving cool drinks at a Gay Pride Parade in Chicago. Photo Credit: Peter Kuehl.

Residents who need relief from the heat are encouraged to take shelter at a local cooling center and enjoy cold drinks, snacks, and air-conditioning. This service is open to the homeless, low income individuals, those without sufficient cooling units and all others who seek respite from the hot weather.

Stations can be found in areas all over the country.

The Salvation Army of Roseville, CA opened its doors this week and welcomed over 30 individuals in just the first few hours! Photo Credit: The Salvation Army of Northern California

In Dallas, The Salvation Army has set up 15 cooling stations around the area. Click here to find one nearest you.

The Salvation Army’s services are only possible with the help of our supporters. If you’d like to donate, please reach out to your local Salvation Army to find out what they currently need.

Many centers are in need of donations of new fans, bottled water or financial contributions to purchase these items. To donate online, click here.

If you would like to help us provide for people in need during these hot months, or if you need assistance yourself, contact your local Salvation Army or search our website at for one nearest you.

We at The Salvation Army wish you a safe and cool holiday weekend!