Are you looking for a fun way to help support families in need in your community? Macomb County’s Walk for Warmth is a great option.
For over 30 years, this annual walk/race has been held at various locations around the county and has raised more than $775,000 to help Macomb County residents keep their heat on during the coldest months of the year. Last year, they served 25 families and repaired or replaced five furnaces.
“Every year, Macomb County residents and employees show up for one another by committing to Walk for Warmth, raising funds for their neighbors in need,” said Julie Hintz, Program Manager, Macomb Community Action, Action Centers. “As the COVID pandemic continues to have negative ramifications on our most vulnerable families, our 33rd Annual Walk for Warmth is more important than ever.”
Macomb Community Action (MCA) supplements with a variety of its own programming to help Macomb residents that don’t quite meet these requirements but still need help.
The Walk for Warmth event is unique in that every dollar collected stays in Macomb County and goes directly to help those in need.
Instead of canceling the event (and the much-needed funds that it provides to local families in need), MCA is once again holding the event virtually so that people can participate from the safety and comfort of their home or community.
To participate, residents can sign up on Macomb Community Action website for $25. This covers the entrance fee and gets you a participant’s scarf. This year, the first 100 walkers that sign up will get a magnet mailed to them.
Once you make your pledge, take a 5K walk or run around your neighborhood sometime March 4-11, 2023. Then, post a video on Facebook or Twitter with #W4W2022 to help raise awareness about the event and the cause it supports.
There are also pledge-only options for those who want to help out but who are either unable or don’t want to walk in the event — and options for businesses or organizations to offer support, too.
“Macomb Community Action is thankful for the outpouring of community support throughout the pandemic,” stated Hintz. “We are beyond grateful for the support of our Walk for Warmth community sponsors and the individuals that will pledge their support this year.”
You can keep up with what’s happening with this year’s Walk for Warmth event on the Walk for Warmth website and social media accounts. For more information on living in Macomb County, visit Make Macomb Your Home.