Walk for Warmth helps keep the heat on

The annual Ottawa County Walk for Warmth campaign is under way and will culminate with a walk in February. Ottawa County Community Action Agency, which sponsors the walk, has set a goal of $25,000 to assist county residents with their utility bills.
Tribune Staff
Dec 22, 2011

This year’s 2-mile walk will take place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at City On a Hill, 100 Pine St. in Zeeland.

Proceeds go to Community Action Agency’s Emergency Utility Assistance fund. The program helps households keep the utilities turned on after the family has received a shut-off notice.

Mike Stock, marketing specialist for Community Action Agency and the event’s organizer, said the agency assisted more than 7,000 homes last year. Heat was kept on in about 400 homes because of the annual Walk for Warmth.

“Last year, in the midst of a recession, we managed to raise over $25,000,” he said. “And we fully expect to see that level of support once again. The walk provides a great opportunity to give help where you know your donation is going dollar-for-dollar into the home of a family needing to keep their kids warm.”

The walk also raises the awareness of Community Action Agency and its range of housing-related programs, Stock said.

For more information on the Walk for Warmth and for sponsorship information, visit www.miottawa.org/caa. To donate, send checks to: Community Action Agency, 12251 James St., Suite 300, Holland, MI 49424 (attention: Walk For Warmth).

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