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 the past 30 years, this annual walk/race has been held at various locations around the county and has raised more than $770,000 to help Macomb County residents keep their heat on during the coldest months of the year.
“Walk for Warmth is such an easy way for families to give back to their community while spending quality time together,” says Joseph Cooke, the Community Services Division director at Macomb Community Action (MCA), the organization that holds the event each year.
“Many families already go on walks together and by aligning that exercise with a charitable purpose, Macomb County residents can feel good about improving their physical health while helping others in the community maintain basic physical comforts: like keeping the house warm.”
Last year alone, Walk for Warmth helped 26 households — many of which were single-parent families, folks living at or below the Federal Poverty Level, seniors and people with disabilities — keep the heat on
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Walk for Warmth cannot be held safely in person. Instead of canceling the event (and the much-needed funds that it provides to local families in need), MCA has reimagined it and is holding it online so that people can participate from the safety and comfort of their home or community.
“It’s easy to get involved in Walk for Warmth this year because everything needed to sign up and participate is online,” Cooke explains. “Simply go online to (the Macomb County website) and pledge to walk!”
Once you make your pledge, you can take a 5K walk or run around your neighborhood, or pick one of the official routes collected by event organizers, and share your experience on Facebook or Twitter with #W4W2021 to help raise awareness about the event and the cause it supports.
There’s 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.
“We all know that it’s totally free to take a walk outside, but by pledging $25 and going on a 5K walk or run, you’re contributing to a very real problem in our county — people who cannot afford to pay their utility bills or repair broken furnaces,” Cooke adds. “COVID-19 has only exacerbated these difficulties and made tough situations that much harder for our most vulnerable residents.”
“We’ve learned from this pandemic that teamwork makes the dream work, and we hope that we get many walkers and sponsors this year to help alleviate the pain our neighbors are facing, especially now that the weather has dipped below freezing.”
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 how you can help families in need this winter, visit the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development at Make Macomb Your Home.