Despite being in its 26th year, I never knew very much about Walk for Warmth. This year, I decided to participate with my family. Here are the factors that motivated me to register – maybe they will motivate you too!
Help those in need
Hosted by Macomb Community Action, this event raises funds for low-income Macomb County residents with heat-related emergencies. Funds will go toward paying utility bills and even replace broken furnaces, providing vulnerable residents with an essential need – warmth.
Shop at the newly-renovated Macomb Mall
With an Old Navy gift card burning a hole in my purse since Christmas, this is the perfect excuse to spend some time shopping. Macomb Mall has generously donated their newly-remodeled space for this event. Check out the renovated lights, tiles, paint and seating as well as the new stores like ULTA Beauty, Rue 21, Chipotle, Potbelly and H&M – I’m so excited to have one nearby! I also look forward to trying 1,000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza.
After hibernating the past few months, I’m ready to stretch my legs, strap on my baby carrier and heft my soon-to-be 10-month-old around. At the rate she’s growing, I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to do this! I signed up for the indoor 5K walk, but there is also the option to compete in the outdoor 5K run – brrr!
Start a tradition of giving
A few months ago, our department participated in a training seminar offered by Care Worklife Solutions, the county’s employee assistance provider. The presenter shared a story about how as a child, she went with her father to pass out fresh produce to their neighbors and those in need. Because she grew up witnessing the impact of giving, it continues to play a large role in her life today. Not only would I like to place more emphasis on charity in my own life, but I would also love to create a culture of giving for my daughter. Since this is an annual event, this is the perfect time to step up your own philanthropy, both now and in following years.
Be part of the community
With so many struggles occurring all around us in this state and in the world, it can be easy to forget those in need right in our own community. Funds from Walk for Warmth might be helping my neighbors or yours. A great turnout for this event will not only enable participants to support Macomb County residents, but also send the message that we care about our low-income residents and support them.
The 26th Annual Walk for Warmth event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 27. There is still time to register, sponsor or make a donation at mca.macombgov.org/W4W. I hope to see you there!
Caitlin Gerds-Habermas works for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, often providing content for the Make Macomb Your Home website.