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Delaware Community Group Installs AC Units For Low-Income Families

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The Green Clean Sustainable Service Group was contracted out to install the AC Units (Source: Evan Koslof) The Green Clean Sustainable Service Group was contracted out to install the AC Units (Source: Evan Koslof)
Seventy-nine-year-old Pam Ashworth was helped through the program on Wednesday afternoon (Source: Evan Koslof) Seventy-nine-year-old Pam Ashworth was helped through the program on Wednesday afternoon (Source: Evan Koslof)

DELAWARE - As the summer heat grips Delmarva, one community group is giving low-income families a breath of fresh air, in the form of brand new air conditioner units. As of Wednesday afternoon, The First State Community Action Agency had delivered 99 A.C. units to low-income families across the state, with the goal to deliver 650 by the end of the summer. 

On Wednesday, the group was at the home of 79-year-old Pam Ashworth of Magnolia. The native of London described the heat in just one way. 

“It’s bloody hot...” she said. “It’s not like this in England.” 

The delivery was a part of First State Community Action’s “Summer Cooling Assistance Program." Using federal grant money, the group delivers units to low-income families, with members who are elderly, very young, or suffering from respiratory problems. 

“It will feel good,” Ashworth said, as the air conditioner got installed. “You must believe that I will feel good.” 

Kaneisha Trott, communications and public relations specialist for First State, said the program has grown tremendously over the years. 

“Last year we were able to install 350 units,” she said. “And that was in Sussex and Kent County. This year the demand has grown so much, that we’ve expanded into New Castle County. And we’re hoping to even exceed our goal of 650 units this year, which is going to impact thousands of people.” 

The AC units were installed by Green Clean Sustainable Services Group, which was contracted out to do the service. Corey Hill, who led the group on Wednesday, said that the program is crucial when it gets as hot as its been. 

“People are in need,” he said. And there’s segments of the community that needs assistance. And this is crucial assistance."

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