Cooling Stations Now Open
Stay Cool and Safe: Library, United Way and Local Organizations Join Forces to Establish Cooling Stations in Brazoria County
As the summer season arrives, Brazoria County residents are advised to prepare for potentially extreme heat conditions, including excessively high temperatures and high levels of humidity. The health risks associated with extreme heat, particularly for infants, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory illnesses, greatly increase.
To address this concern, United Way of Brazoria County, Brazoria County Library System, Brazoria County Dream Center, and Gulf Coast Transit District (formerly known as Connect Transit) have joined forces to establish cooling stations throughout the county. From now until September 30th, 2023, the Brazoria County Libraries and Brazoria County Dream Center will open their doors to provide relief from the scorching heat. These cooling sites will be accessible to residents when the heat index is forecasted to reach 100 degrees or higher, Monday through Saturday. To locate the nearest library, residents can visit the webpage at: https://mybcls.org or consult the free Brazoria County Emergency Mgmt. (BCOEM) app.
Transportation to the cooling stations has also been arranged for the convenience of residents. The Gulf Coast Transit District, formerly known as Connect Transit, is proud to partner with the United Way of Brazoria County to offer transportation services. Residents can call the Gulf Coast Transit District and request a free ride on the fixed route service within Angleton, Clute, Freeport, Lake Jackson, and Richwood. When boarding the bus, passengers should inform the driver of their desire to travel to the nearest library. The driver will issue a pass, which will be stamped by a librarian or an employee at the cooling station to ensure a return trip. For ParaTransit riders and residents residing outside these cities, transportation to a cooling station can be arranged by contacting the Gulf Coast Transit District at (800) 266-2320.
These collaborative efforts between the United Way of Brazoria County, Brazoria County Library System, Brazoria County Dream Center, and Gulf Coast Transit District aim to safeguard the community's well-being during periods of extreme heat. By offering accessible and comfortable cooling stations, as well as transportation support, Brazoria County is taking proactive measures to mitigate the risks associated with high temperatures.
Groups, organizations, and individuals that would like to donate cases of bottled water can drop them off at any of the twelve libraries throughout the county.
About Brazoria County Library System (BCLS)
BCLS is a dynamic system of libraries providing convenient access to quality and popular resources to meet the educational and recreational needs of Brazoria County residents of all ages. There are 12 libraries in the system, located in the following cities: Alvin, Angleton, Brazoria, Clute, Danbury, Freeport, Lake Jackson, Manvel, Pearland (2), Sweeny, and West Columbia.
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About United Way of Brazoria County
Founded in 1959, the United Way of Brazoria County has been at the forefront of driving positive change and improving the lives of individuals and families throughout the region. With a strong commitment to empowering communities, this esteemed organization has become a trusted catalyst for lasting impact in Brazoria County, Texas. United Way of Brazoria County operates on the belief that by mobilizing the power of individuals, organizations, and resources, we can create sustainable solutions to the most pressing social challenges. By partnering with local businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and dedicated volunteers, United Way fosters collaboration and creates a united front against poverty, education disparities, health issues, and other critical community needs. The organization takes a comprehensive approach to address the multifaceted issues faced by the residents of Brazoria County. Through strategic initiatives and community-driven programs, United Way focuses on three core areas: education, financial stability, and health. Through a rigorous vetting process, United Way ensures that donations and resources are strategically allocated to programs and initiatives with proven effectiveness. The organization values transparency, accountability, and the responsible stewardship of funds to ensure the greatest impact on the community. United Way of Brazoria County also believes in the power of volunteerism and civic engagement. By mobilizing individuals to give their time, talents, and resources, the organization harnesses the collective power of the community. Whether it is participating in community projects, or advocating for change, United Way encourages everyone to be an agent of positive transformation. To learn more about United Way of Brazoria County, please visit, www.uwbc.org