By John Spitzer
Treasurer, The Crisis Center of Johnson County Board of Directors
When I was growing up in Iowa City in the 1950s and early 1960s, our home didn’t have air conditioning—just like most of the homes in Iowa City at that time. But we did have electric fans—a whole box of them that we would bring out when the temperature began to climb in the early summer. That’s when my positive association with electric fans first began and it continues to this day. I still prefer fans to air conditioning for all but the hottest days of the summer. And I really like the way electric fans don’t run up the electric bill, in sharp contrast to air conditioning costs during the hot Iowa summer.
The Crisis Center’s Fan Club gives me the opportunity to indulge my reverence for electric fans by helping to provide fans to people who need them. When the weather turns hot, an electric fan can make a huge difference to someone living without air conditioning. And for those who have air conditioning but need to avoid high electric bills, using a fan in combination with the air conditioning allows them to tolerate a higher thermostat setting and hold down their consumption of electricity.
The Crisis Center’s Fan Club provides a great service by administering the purchase and distribution of electric fans. The costs of the fans are modest. The benefits are large. It feels great to help provide electric fans to those in need.
Many Crisis Center clients are suffering through this heat wave without relief. Your $20 donation can make a world of difference.