GARDNER – CenturyLink is helping seniors stay cool this summer by donating $2,000 to the City of Gardner for their “Free Fan for Those in Need” project.    Money was raised by the CenturyLink Gardner Data Center employees through and their innovative, recycling program.
From the donation, the City of Gardner has purchased 160 fans to give to those in need for the hot days ahead. In May, Barb Frans, data center supervisor, called Mayor Dave Drovetta to ask if CenturyLink could donate $2,000 to help keep seniors and those with medical issues cool.
“We thought fans for those in need would be a good way to help Gardner.” stated Frans.

On June 6, the CenturyLink Gardner Team presented a check to City of Gardner for the “Free Fans for Those in Need Program.” Pictured from left to right are: CenturyLink Kansas area manager Steve Rumple, CenturyLink lead IT analyst for the Gardner Data Center Barb Frans, city of Gardner Mayor Dave Drovetta, and CenturyLink local network manager and Gardner city Councilperson Kristy Harrison. Submitted photo

The roots of the “Free Fan for Those in Need” project go back to 2008, when the CenturyLink Gardner Data Center started a metal recycling program, in an effort to give back to the communities they serve and minimize the impact on the environment. As cabinets, cabling, and wiring are decommissioned out of the data center, rather than sending those items to the landfill, the CenturyLink Data Center group recycles them through a local metal recycling plant.
“The money we make from that program goes into a special account that we use to help organizations in our communities,” said Frans.   “Through this effort, CenturyLink has been able to donate over $14,000 to a variety of area not-for-profit programs, since the project began.”
In addition to the latest donation to the City of Gardner, the CenturyLink group has made donatedion school supplies to children in s donations to local schools, so that underprivileged children will have school supplies. They’ve given bikes and helmets, along with a check,  to the Boys and Girls Club in Warrensburg, Missouri and made monetary donations  to Harvesters, Salvation Army, and recently, $2500 to the American Red Cross – Greater Ozarks Chapter for the Joplin tornado victims.
The According to the city of Gardner fans will be available starting June 1, at City Hall for any utility customer over 60 years of age, or any customer listed with a medical frailty. Fans will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. For for more information on the “Free Fan for Those in Need” project, callphone (913) 856-0939.
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States. The company provides broadband, voice and wireless services to consumers and businesses across the country. It also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLinkTM PrismTM TV and DIRECTV brands. In addition, the company provides data, voice and managed services to business, government and wholesale customers in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers.
CenturyLink’s customers range from Fortune 500 companies in some of the country’s largest cities to families living in rural America. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations.
For more information, visit www.centurylink.com.