Earlier this month, Friedrich, the San Antonio, Texas-based manufacturer of room air conditioners, announced the donation of 150 air conditioners to the Dept. of Youth and Community Development Cornerstone Programs, which are housed at NYCHA community centers.
The company announced that six organizations in Queens received the units, which are meant to benefit centers that lack cooling or needed replacement units.
“For over 60 years, the people of New York have supported Friedrich Air Conditioning. You can see our units keeping New Yorkers cool across the City,” Wink Chapman, vice president of sales and marketing for Friedrich Air Conditioning, said. “It is a privilege for us to work with the City on its mission to improve the quality of life for thousands of New Yorkers this summer and throughout the year.”
The organizations in Queens that received the donation include: Action Center for Education and Community Development in Far Rockaway, Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Committee in Astoria, Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement in Astoria, the Police Athletic League in Far Rockaway, the Southern Queens Park Association in Jamaica and the Child Center of NY in Far Rockaway.
“With the doubling of available Summer Enrichment seats and expanded evening hours at Cornerstone programs this summer, this generous donation couldn’t have come at a better time,” DYCD Commissioner Bill Chong said. “Friedrich is a wonderful example of how public-private partnerships can have a dramatic impact on thousands of New Yorkers, and it’s our hope that other community partners are inspired to step up to the plate.”