Project ElderCool

History of the program

  • Project ElderCool is Bishop Sullivan Center’s annual effort to provide free air conditioners to Kansas City’s low-income elderly.
  • 2014 marks the 15th summer of Project ElderCool.
  • We started Project ElderCool in 2000 in response to 21 heat-related deaths in Kansas City during the prior summer. No solution was offered, to a serious problem.  (435 installed the 1st summer)
  • Last year we installed 259 units. Since the program started, we’ve installed more than 5,200 units. And now, you rarely hear of heat-related deaths each summer.




Who qualifies, and how you can get an air conditioner.

  • Qualifications are: Serve the Metro Area
    • Anyone who is 65 and older with no air conditioner in the home
    • Meets poverty guidelines
  • You can call Bishop Sullivan Center at 816-231-0984 to request an air conditioner.
  • Bishop Sullivan Center also uses donations to put money into every recipient’s electrical account to assist with the cost of running the unit, and provides miscellaneous assistance for the elderly, such as mowing their lawns or performing small home repairs.



How the public can help.

  • Please check on your elderly neighbors who may qualify and make sure they have air conditioning. If they don’t, have them contact Bishop Sullivan center.
  • You can go to and donate $100 for an air conditioner or $100 to put in a recipient’s utility account.
  • AB May and Goodcents Subs and Pasta will each donate up to $10,000 toward a $20,000 match fund for contributions to ElderCool. Goodcents Subs and Pastas will also give a coupon for a free sandwich for any donation (over $50) to Project ElderCool.
  • You can also make a donation by calling 816.231.0984. Or, you can mail your donation to 6435 Truman Road, KCMO, 64126
  • Donations are from the community.