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Project Cool Breeze

Keeping seniors cool during the hot summer months

Charleston, SC   |  https://www.projectcoolbreeze.com

Mission

Project Cool Breeze's mission is to uplift, aid, and serve the needs of veterans, the homeless, senior citizens, and individuals with chronic medical conditions in underserved communities throughout the state of South Carolina to establish a community of wellness and awareness.

Ruling year info

2019

Founder / President

Wendell G. Gilliard

Main address

P.O. Box 30576

Charleston, SC 29417 USA

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EIN

83-2940767

NTEE code info

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Project Cool Breeze (PCB) Annual Air Conditioner (A/C) and Fan Distribution

Since 1999, PCB has been protecting vulnerable and disproportionately affected populations from extreme heat by providing A/Cs, fans, and smoke detectors to underrepresented and low-income seniors, veterans, and individuals with chronic health conditions. The program was formed in response to the consistent rise in summer heat temperatures and humidity levels, which impact the health and well-being of the elderly, veterans, and individuals with chronic medical conditions throughout South Carolina. People 65 years or older are more prone to heat-related health problems. Elderly individuals do not adjust to sudden changes in temperature and are more likely to have chronic medical conditions that change normal body responses to heat. The elderly are more likely to take prescription medications that affect their body’s ability to control its temperature or sweat. Current climate projections indicate declines in individuals’ well-being could triple by 2030 due to high-temperature days.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people
Seniors
Veterans

Our program serves elderly, veterans, the homeless, and individuals in need throughout South Carolina by providing turkeys, non-perishable goods, meals, and reliable resources during our annual event. We believe that everyone should be able to enjoy Thanksgiving regardless of what situation and/or hardship they are working through. Throughout the year we work extremely hard to raise money in order to provide reliable resources to individuals and families in need throughout the state. In 2021, PCB held one of the largest Turkey giveaways ever in Charleston, SC and provided over 2,000 individuals and families in need with fresh turkeys and non-perishable goods for their Thanksgiving dinners. Yearly, Medical University of South Carolina, Roper St. Francis Healthcare, and Healthy Blue partner with PCB providing the community with free medical screening, information sessions, and resources at the event to promote health/wellness awareness, access to good health, and quality healthcare.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Veterans
Ethnic and racial groups
People with disabilities

PCB Hope for the Homeless Clothes Giveaway was formed to provide resources to veterans, the homeless, and the less fortunate around the state of South Carolina. The project’s mission is to bring awareness about the homeless situation throughout the state of South Carolina and to provide solutions to help eradicate homelessness everywhere. Project Cool Breeze provides individuals with care packages, winter outerwear, winter clothes, and outside equipment specifically geared for those living in shelters and/or on the streets.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Veterans
Unemployed people
Children and youth

PCB MLK Portrait Awards program was formed to give recognition of outstanding individuals who have made contributions to carry out the dream of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annually, Project Cool Breeze carries out a formal award ceremony and recognizes 10-12 outstanding individuals who are making a difference in their community. Award recipients are provided with plaques and/or personalized full-sized MLK portraits acknowledging the recipient, the community he/she represents, and their accomplishments. In 2022, Project Cool Breeze recognized front-line healthcare workers who responded to the emergent need of healthcare workers making heartfelt sacrifices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Isaac Newton Farris Jr, the nephew of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, served as the ceremony guest speaker.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Children
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Awards

The President's Volunteer Service Award 2012

The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Project Cool Breeze

Board of directors
as of 05/05/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Michelle Harris


Board co-chair

Pastor Kevin Brown

Karen Taylor-Mims

Wendell Gilliard

Tyson Maxwell

Brenda Grant

Jaqulyn Reed

Veronica Polite

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/4/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/04/2023

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.