COVID has put a lot of things in life on hold, but one thing that wasn't put on hold was the heat. It's been extra hot this Summer but cooling centers and other community options haven't been open because of the pandemic.

But now that's changed. The Rockford Cooling Center at SecondFirst Church will open Wednesday at 10 a.m. It will be open from July 15 through September 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

WIFR details -

Several agencies are coming together with funding from the United Way to open the Rockford Cooling Center at the SecondFirst Church gymnasium. The program is fully staffed, and all procedures have been approved by the Winnebago Country Health Department, according to SecondFirst Church.

If you want to volunteer, WIFR says -

A limited number of volunteers can offer hospitality. To sign up, visit where this link will be posted soon. Donations of bottled water from the Salvation Army and the WCHD.

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