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Keeping cool in the summer months in Brazoria County is essential to staying healthy. As the summer temperatures continue to rise, the risk of health problems for infants, elderly, and those with respiratory illness greatly increases.

As a solution, United Way of Brazoria County and ActionS, Inc. of Brazoria County have partnered with the Brazoria County Library System to create cooling stations throughout the county. Cooling stations provide an air-conditioned environment where residents can escape the heat. Brazoria County Connect Transit will provide free transportation on a fixed route in the Brazosport area. H-E-B has donated water to the Brazoria County Library System for this endeavor to provide a free, cold bottled water to clients.

“Health is one of the building blocks for a good life, and staying cool is a vital part of staying healthy. Therefore, it is important to do whatever we can to help members of our community beat the heat,” said Gloria Luna, Director of Community Services for United Way of Brazoria County.

Between July 1 and September 30, the Brazoria County Library System will open its doors for those that need relief from the heat. Residents may take advantage of the cooling stations when the heat index is predicted to be 100 degrees or higher Monday through Saturday from noon until 5:00 p.m.

Residents can catch Brazoria County Connect Transit for free in Angleton, Clute, Freeport, Lake Jackson and Richwood and let the driver know they would like to ride to the nearest library. Drivers will provide a pass and a librarian will stamp the pass to ensure a ride back.

Outside of the Brazosport area, residents of 60 years or more who need transportation to cooling stations may call ActionS, Inc. at (979) 849-6132 for availability.

For library locations, visit http://bcls.lib.tx.us/. For Connect Transit stop locations, visit http://bit.ly/connectstops.

United Way of Brazoria County directly funds 52 health and human service programs that help children and youth achieve their potential, promote financial stability and independence, and improve people’s health. Additional resources are also provided to the community through United Way initiatives and partnerships such as Helpline Information and Referral, Disaster Recovery and Response, the Reader Tutor Mentor program, and the Cool Deal Fan Club.