Let there be air: One local organization can finally beat the heat

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With temperatures reaching into the 90’s this week –one organization is thankful for a new a-c unit.

The Central Illinois Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired has been without air conditioning for the majority of the summer, and the executive director says, it’s stopped people from attending meetings and events. But today – a new air conditioning unit was installed.

However –paying for the unit has been a huge set-back. “I’m hoping it’ll bring in more patrons. Who wants to come here in the hot summer months without air conditioning?” Executive Director of CICBVI Katherine Gerontes said. “I’m also hoping it’ll bring in more volunteers because we are in a desperate need for volunteers at the center.”

In order to pay for the unit, they had to dip into their events and programs account. Some of those programs include trips to musicals or museums.

They are still looking for much-needed donations. A Go Fund Me Page has been set up for those who are wanting to help. Those interested in donating can check it out here.

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