Vatterott College Donates $5,000 to Cooldownstlouis.org; Students Repair A/Cs Long-standing Charitable Partnership Further Cemented as Vatterott President Rene Crosswhite Sworn in as Board Member of Cooldownstlouis.org
St. Louis, MO – Vatterott College is helping less-fortunate Missouri and Illinois area residents stay cool in the summer heat with a $5,000 donation to Cooldownstlouis.org. The bi-state area charity prevents heat-related illnesses and deaths by helping area residents, primarily the elderly, disabled, and families experiencing financial difficulties, pay their utility bills. In addition, it distributes air-conditioning units to seniors and disabled only, and other vital resources to all qualified needy households. This donation is just the latest support given to Cooldownstlouis.org in its long-standing partnership with Vatterott College.
In addition to the monetary donation, the school’s four St. Louis-area campuses in Berkeley, St. Charles, Sunset Hills, and Fairview Heights continue to serve as drop-off locations for new and slightly used air-conditioning units (less than two years old). Vatterott’s HVAC program students and instructors inspect and repair the units to make sure they are in good working order, then Cooldownstlouis.org volunteers deliver them to area seniors and disabled adults in need. The summer charity of (Heat-Up St. Louis, Inc.) will provide a tax-deductible receipt to those who donate units.
Rene Crosswhite, president of Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc., presented the $5,000 check to Cooldownstlouis.org board president Pamela Walker and president emeritus Lance LeComb, recently at its 17th annual business/board meeting at the Jewel Box in St. Louis Forest Park. Vatterott’s support is particularly meaningful to Crosswhite who was also sworn in as an executive board member for Cooldownstlouis.org and Heatupstlouis.org, its sister program that helps people in need with delinquent heating bills in the winter, as well as with financial literacy counseling, etc.
“We are glad that we can help those in need stay safe and cool during the hot St. Louis summer,” said Rene Crosswhite, President of Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. “It is important for our campuses to help local elderly and disabled residents to make an impact in our community.”
If a senior or person who is disabled needs assistance, visit the Cool Down St. Louis website at www.cooldownstlouis.org or call the organization’s automated hotline at 314-241-7668.
Air conditioner drop-off locations:
• Vatterott College NorthPark: 8580 Evans Avenue, Berkley, MO 63134
• Vatterott College St. Charles: 3550 W Clay Street, St. Charles, MO 63301
• Vatterott College Sunset Hills: 12900 Maurer Industrial Drive, St. Louis, MO 63127
• Vatterott College Fairview Heights: 110 Commerce Lane, Fairview Heights, IL 62208
Vatterott College offers a 60-week Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Service Technician diploma program that provides courses in fundamental electricity, refrigeration, air conditioning and heating fundamentals. The associate degree program is an 80-week program with an emphasis on management. For more information, call 314-264-1000 or visit www.vatterott.edu.
About Vatterott College
Vatterott College has been dedicated to providing quality career training to students seeking the skills to advance in their field since 1969. Vatterott, with its headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, has campuses across the Midwest. Diploma, associate and bachelor degrees are offered in trade industries such as HVAC, diesel mechanic, auto repair, building maintenance, allied health, and computer technology, as well as music production and culinary arts. Vatterott operates 20 campuses across seven states and online programming. To learn more, please visit www.vatterott.edu.