36. That’s the number of fans doing their best to keep air moving in the workshop. Unfortunately, there could probably be 136 fans and it would still be hot. With temperatures reaching 90-plus degrees and heat index readings over 100, those 36 fans are working hard, but they aren’t doing much more than circulating hot air.
Stevie Hunter, an HDC Enterprises Associate, recently said with a chuckle as he wiped sweat from his face, “I love my job, except in the summertime.” Accommodations and adjustments are made to ensure all participants and staff are safe and managing the heat during the very hot days. People take extra breaks to cool off in the air conditioned parts of the building, cooled beverages are provided at no charge, and a snow cone truck even visits the center once in a while. “We try to do everything we can to make it more comfortable, but the hard truth is, it’s pretty miserable out there,” said HDC President/CEO Jeff Ashcraft.
During the 50th anniversary open house, guests took tours of the Hickory Grove Road building. During the workshop portion of the tour, they were able to experience firsthand what the workshop participants contend with. One of the open house guests decided to do something about it right away. To help kick start an effort to address the heat in the workshop, this generous person pledged $5000 toward the installation of air conditioning.
With an area the size of the workshop, this is no small project. Our generous open house guest got the ball rolling. Now, you can help keep this project moving forward and get air conditioning installed in the workshop by making a gift to help us “Beat the Heat”. Please consider sending a contribution to HDC at 3402 Hickory Grove Road, Davenport, IA 52806 or visit the HDC website and make an online contribution. Be sure to designation your gift to the “Beat the Heat” project.
Your support will benefit a lot of hardworking people who will thank you for many summers to come.