Senior Cool Care Program begins

Seniors First along with the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and Dominion Energy are helping seniors beat the heat this year with the Senior Cool Care Program.

This public-private partnership will help low-income older citizens in the area keep cool during the warmer months.

The program begins today and will continue through October 31st.

Seniors First provides additional cooling for your home with fans and air conditioners for eligible adults 60 and over.

To qualify, you must meet the age requirement, reside in Winchester, Frederick, Page, Warren, Clarke, or Shenandoah Counties and currently at or below 150% of the poverty level.

The program does not provide direct financial assistance.

For more information, contact Seniors First at 540-635-7141 or by emailing

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VDH offers heat health tips and VDSS offers cooling assistance

As the heat rises in Virginia the Department of Health (VDH) recommends two to four glasses of water an hour when working outdoors.

That amount of water helps to avoid heat cramps, stroke and dehydration.

Symptoms of heat related illness are heavy sweating, increase heart rate, nausea, dizziness or headache.

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) reminds low income households or  homes with people 60 years of age or older are eligible for cooling assistance.

Even households with a disabled person or a person under six can still apply for cooling assistance until August 15.

You can apply for assistance through the Virginia Energy Assistance Program at your local department of social services.

This assistance can help with energy cost, repair of cooling equipment even the purchase of window air conditioners and fans or weatherizaton.

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City of Winchester takes applications for cooling assistance

The City of Winchester announced that applications for cooling assistance will be taken starting today June 15.

Window unit air conditioners can be purchased or repaired for free for eligible people.

Requirements and qualifications are found online through Common Help.

Help is also available at Winchester Department of Social Services 24 Baker Street or call 540-662-3807.

Additional information is found by clicking here.

Paper applications can also be obtained and submitted at the Winchester department of social services.

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