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 event sponsored by Macomb Community Action 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 and is due to have the updates done to his home within the next few weeks.
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.
There’s still time to sign up to participate! The 27th Annual Walk for Warmth 5K Walk/Run event will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Macomb Mall in Roseville. Supporters are invited to register as individuals or by forming teams. Registrants can choose to participate in a 5K competitive run (outdoors) or in the family fun walk (indoors) at Macomb Mall. Registration for either event is $25 and will begin at 8 a.m. To register online or make a donation, visit mca.macombgov.org/mca-W4W or call (586) 469-5905.
Roneeka Pleasant-Brown is public relations manager for Macomb Community Action.