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 32 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.
According to Ernest Cawvey, the director of Macomb Community Action, which hosts Walk 4 Warmth, there are federal assistance programs that help residents with utility shut-offs and furnace repairs this time of year, but many residents don’t meet the eligibility criteria for those programs.
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.
“Walk 4 Warmth allows us to raise funds for those that don’t meet the limits,” Cawvey says. “Every dollar we raise helps us reach a Macomb County resident in crisis.”
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 is once again holding the event virtually so that people can participate from the safety and comfort of their home or community.
“Usually, we walk in the neighborhoods or around the mall and make it a community event to support our neighbors in need,” Cawvey says. “This year, it’s virtual, so participants can walk when and wherever they want.”
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.
Once you make your pledge, take a 5K walk or run around your neighborhood sometime Feb. 20-26, 2022. 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.
“Many people don’t know when their neighbor is facing a crisis. This is a way you can show support and talk to your kids about why we support charity,” Cawvey says. “Walk 4 Warmth helps dozens of families and it’s our goal to help as many families we can 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.