Thursday, August 4, 2011

METRO opening cooling centers statewide | Arkansas M.E.T.R.O.

Press Release: METRO opening cooling centers statewide | Arkansas M.E.T.R.O.

Robyn Hoffman, Chief Operations Officer
Phone: 501-306-9528
(Update: Time for Friday cooling centers is now noon to 8 p.m. Additional centers in West Memphis and El Dorado have also been added to attached list)
METRO opening cooling centers statewide
LITTLE ROCK — METRO Founder Donnie Copeland announced today that the non-profit has teamed with its community partners to open cooling centers across the state.
METRO and its partners are offering Arkansans respite from the heat from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and noon to 8 p.m. Friday in various locations in the state. Additional sites will be continually added throughout the day as the temperatures climb past the century mark.
“The mercury keeps rising and creating a dangerous situation for Arkansans who don’t have air conditioning,” METRO Founder Donnie Copeland said. “No one should have to suffer in this deadly heat. These cooling centers will give people a much needed break.”
Copeland said he does not want to see a repeat of last year when Arkansas reported 21 heat-related deaths. He urges everyone to help those who are less fortunate.
“If you have neighbors, friends or family that you know are suffering in this heat, please check on them and get them to a cooling center, if possible,” Copeland said. “It could save a life, especially it is this hot outside.”
Copeland said businesses, churches or other non-profits that would like to be a Metro Cooling Center or support a center with water, can logon on to Individuals seeking a cooling center can also find a complete list on the website.
METRO is also conducting a statewide fan drive in an effort to cool Arkansas. The non-profit teamed up with Dollar General to provide fans for the underprivileged. Those who wish to contribute to the cause can call 501- 420-3824, logon to or stop by a Dollar General, buy a fan and leave it at the store for the METRO network to distribute.
“Let’s pull together to help our fellow Arkansans in need,” Copeland said.

METRO Cooling Centers
Iglesia de Vida Cristiana
9600 Geyer Springs Rd,
Little Rock
Apostolic Church
Bldg. #4
4314 Landers Rd.
North Little Rock
Word of Outreach Christian Center, Academy and Daycare
3300 Asher Ave.
Little Rock
Apostolic Tabernacle
2314 Military Rd
Benton, AR
Miracle Outreach Ministries
105 St Hwy 10
Belleville, AR
The Rock Church
312 Highway 43 East and Adams street
(just past Hampton Inn)
Harrison, AR
Arkansas METRO stands for Mentoring, Educating, Training, Rehabilitating and Overcoming. The non-profit organization operates on the age-old principle, “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day; Teach a man to fish, and feed him for a lifetime.” METRO’s mission is to provide financial assistance to the underprivileged on an individual basis and to start each of them on a path to independence. METRO clients will be eligible for future assistance as long as they show advancement toward total independence.
METRO is focused on being the centralized source for churches, businesses and individuals to send people who are reaching out for financial assistance. METRO aims to be the preferred way for churches and businesses to help the less fortunate learn to help themselves.
METRO will also provide fans to the needy. For more information call 501- 420-3824, visit, or buy and leave a fan at Dollar General for distribution.

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