“Walk for Warmth” helps pay heating bills




Annual Walk for Warmth event at the mall invites the public to come out and raise money to help less fortunate people pay home heating costs.

Annual Walk for Warmth event at the mall invites the public to come out and raise money to help less fortunate people pay home heating costs.

FLINT TWP. — The 22nd annual Walk for Warmth will be held indoors at the Genesee Valley Center on Saturday morning Feb. 28 in the JCPenney court.

Hosted locally by the Genesee County Community Action Resource Department (GCCARD), The Walk for Warmth is a statewide effort to promote public awareness about people experiencing home heating related emergencies. This program allows GCCARD to advocate and fund raise on their behalf.

Walk for Warmth participants raise pledges and then complete an organized group walk. This family friendly event offers perks including refreshments and a T-shirt.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. for the 9 a.m. event. Registration forms will be available on-site or in advance on the GCCARD website at www.gc4me.com/resident/gccard/walk_ for_ warmth.php

GCCARD is one of 20 other Community Action Agencies hosting a Walk for Warmth during the month of February. GCCARD sponsors many activities within the agency each year to raise funds for the Walk. All monies raised in this effort in Genesee County stay in Genesee County to help families and individuals in need be able to afford to heat their homes.

Many senior citizens on fixed incomes, the economically disadvantaged and their families, and the handicapped suffer every winter without heat in their homes, GCCARD reported. Record cold temperatures this winter makes meeting those needs more critical than ever.

Last year, GCCARD assisted hundreds of people in Genesee County with heat related emergencies, such as utility shut- offs. With recent cuts in government heating programs, such as the elimination of Targeted Fuel Assistance (TFA), many people that GCCARD helped will be left out in the cold.

GCCARD is Genesee County’s anti-poverty department that has helped to improve the equality of life for Genesee County residents for more than forty years with programs such as:

•Commodities

•Head Start

•Neighborhood Service Center

•Michigan Enrolls

•Senior

Nutrition

•Weatherization

•Homeless

Outreach

For more information about Walk for Warmth, contact Veonca Johnson, emergency services director at 810-762- 4925. — Rhonda Sanders


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