Imagine not knowing if you would be able to pay the bills to ensure that your house is heated through the winter months – how upsetting and scary that would be.
This was the case of a northern Macomb County widower, who, after paying for the funeral of his beloved wife, was unable to maintain the extremely high utility bills for his home and was in danger of having his services shut off. His income was just over the guidelines set for the emergency utility assistance funding offered by Macomb County’s Macomb Community Action, a Community Action Agency that works to diminish residents’ poverty and promote independence.
Due to his personal circumstances, the agency was able to assist him through Walk for Warmth, a walk/run initiative to raise funds for low-income residents with heat-related emergencies.
Not only was Macomb Community Action able to help him catch up on his utility bills, but they also helped him complete an application for the agency’s home weatherization program, which he was approved for.
This is just one of the many stories that reflects the need and powerful impact the funds generated from Walk for Warmth have on Macomb County.
Since it began, Walk for Warmth has raised over $737,000 to help ensure that local families can stay warm in their homes throughout the winter.
The 28th Annual Walk for Warmth is Saturday, March 3, 2018. There’s still time to sign up to participate! Event check-in and day-of registration begin at 8 a.m. inside the mall at the Dick’s Sporting Goods entrance. New to the event this year is the outdoor 1-mile race administered by Hanson’s Race Management. Runners can choose to be timed and compete for overall male and female race awards. The indoor 5K walk and the outdoor race will both start at 9 a.m.
If you are not able to participate in Walk for Warmth, donations are being accepted.
To register online or make a donation, visit mca.macombgov.org/mca-W4W.
A big shout out to this year’s top sponsors – Genisys Credit Union, Macomb Mall, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, McLaren Macomb, and Consumers Energy. Other sponsors include Lakestone Bank and Trust, Shepherd’s Gate Church, Air Conditioning Engineers, and Mount Clemens Eagles #1269.