The recent bout of cold temperatures had many of us bumping up our thermostats a degree or two. And while this act to warm ourselves seems so simple, for some residents of Macomb County, it’s out of reach. Expensive heating bills or furnace issues prevent many folks from keeping warm in the winter – but there are ways to help that situation.
For instance, the annual Macomb Community Action Walk for Warmth raises funds to assist low-income residents with heat-related emergencies. Over its 29 year history, the event has raised more than $750,000 for the cause and just last year, sponsorships and donations helped bring in $31,000 that helped 66 families and 155 individuals in Macomb. The following numbers tell an even larger story:
- 43 percent of the families were at 100 percent poverty level and below
- 24 percent were single-parent families
- 35 percent were children
- 14 percent were elderly
- 16 percent were disabled
These statistics showcase the importance of the Walk for Warmth and will hopefully inspire many of you to participate or donate to the event. Here’s the details that Macomb Community Action just announced:
- The Macomb Community Action 29th Annual Walk for Warmth event will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Macomb Mall in Roseville.
- This year, the event will only feature an indoor 5k walk.
- Check-in begins at 8 a.m. inside the mall at the Dick’s Sporting Goods entrance. The walk begins at 9 a.m.
- You can register for the event for $25 (per person) or donate through this link: http://mca.macombgov.org/mca-W4W.
- Everyone that registers by February 11 will receive an event t-shirt and finisher medal.
- Sponsorships are still available starting at $500 and going up to $10,000. To become a sponsor, visit the MCA website or contact Macomb Community Action at (586) 469-6232.
“It is always a heart-warming experience to help warm the homes of those in need, and there are thousands of Macomb residents who need such support each winter,” said Ernest Cawvey, director of Macomb Community Action. “Without our community partners, such as Macomb Mall, our financial and in-kind sponsors, and compassionate community members, this event would not be what it is today.”
We hope that this sentiment moves you to get involved with Walk for Warmth and to help your local community. For more information on the event and other Macomb Community Action initiatives, visit http://mca.macombgov.org/MCA-Home. And if you’re in need of emergency assistance this season (utility, weatherization, etc.) click here.
Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.