Despite Livingston County’s ranking as Michigan’s wealthiest in terms of per capita income, there is still a lot of need here. And during the winter months, that need is often something many of us take for granted: heat.
That’s why the annual Walk for Warmth is such an important event. Hosted by the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency over two weekends in February, the walk raises funds for its Emergency Utility Assistance program. Whatever is raised gets used throughout the year when someone is faced with a utility shut-off notice, but it’s most needed keeping clients warm during the coldest days of the year.
Last year, over 300 Walk for Warmth participants raised a total of $187,000.
“Walk for Warmth is a special event in our community,” said Brent Earl of Howell, this year’s event chairperson. “It will support approximately 250 families this year, all within Livingston County. The funds allow counselors to support those who are most in need.”
You can watch Earl interview a county resident who found himself in need of help:
The Livingston County event takes place indoors on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Hartland Education Support Service Center, 9525 E. Highland Road, Howell. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the walk stepping off at 9 a.m.
It’s a non-competitive event, with entertainment and fun along the route. Last year, over 300 walkers raised funds for their family, friends and neighbors in need.
The best thing about the event?
“Every penny raised goes directly to people who need help,” said Ashley Yocum, OLHSA’s assistant communications director.
For more information, or to register yourself or a team, click here.