Troy community center launches Keep Our Kids Cool campaign

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School’s almost out and for many working families, their kids need a place to go, but for those living in neighborhoods with plagued with gun violence and high rates of poverty, options are limited.

Oakwood Community Center located at 10th and Hoosick Street offers a safe place for kids. It offers a variety of programs and activities for the youth throughout the year, but during the summer when kids are out of school, they face some challenges.

In order to continue to be a safe space for kids this summer, Oakwood needs to raise $30,000 by July 9 to install their first AC unit. To get the word out, Oakwood held a press conference, where elected officials and community members were able to hear directly from the kids who would benefit from the AC.

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It’s part of their campaign Keep Our Kids Cool. The children discussed how they’d benefit from an air conditioner and talked about what the center meant to them.