SALVATION ARMY NEW YORK CITY COMMUNITY CENTERS SERVE AS COOLING CENTERS DURING JULY 13TH HEAT EMERGENCY
In light of a heat advisory issued for New York City by the National Weather Service for July 13th, Salvation Army community centers throughout the five boroughs will be serving as cooling centers, providing respite for the general public — especially the elderly, young children and other vulnerable members of the community.
During the alert, Salvation Army centers will be providing a comfortable place to sit and relax in air conditioning, with some centers also providing cold water and — for those equipped with soup kitchens — food. Salvation Army officers will also be checking on at-risk members of their respective communities, such as the homeless.
The cooling center initiative is part of The Salvation Army’s agreement with NYCEM, whereby The Salvation Army’s New York City community centers serve as cooling centers during summer heat advisories like the one issued for today. The Salvation Army is the only non-profit organization that provides cooling centers in New York City.
“Responding to situations like these just reaffirms The Salvation Army’s ongoing commitment to serving more New Yorkers and New York communities in more ways than ever,” says Lt. Colonel Ricardo Fernandez, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army Greater New York Division.
To find a Salvation Army or other cooling center near you (including accessible facilities), call 311 or visit the New York City Cooling Center Finder at www.nyc.gov/beattheheat. For safety tips during extreme heat, also visit www.nyc.gov/beattheheat.
ABOUT THE SALVATION ARMY GREATER NEW YORK DIVISION: An integral part of the Greater New York community for 137 years, The Salvation Army in Greater New York operates a vast network of community and social-service programs that serve hundreds of thousands of people each year throughout New York City, Long Island, and the lower Hudson Valley —regardless of race, religion, nationality, or sexual orientation.