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Community prepares for 30th annual Walk for Warmth

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published February 14, 2020

 A group of walkers from Consumers Energy, including Tracie Reynolds, of Clinton Township, and her 7-year-old daughter, Reygan, listen to songs as they participate in Macomb Community Action’s Walk for Warmth fundraiser last year.

A group of walkers from Consumers Energy, including Tracie Reynolds, of Clinton Township, and her 7-year-old daughter, Reygan, listen to songs as they participate in Macomb Community Action’s Walk for Warmth fundraiser last year.

File photo by Brandy Baker

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ROSEVILLE — Macomb County is gearing up for the 30th annual Macomb County Walk for Warmth at Macomb Mall. It is one of the longest-running community fundraisers to help those in need.

Organized by Macomb Community Action, the funds will benefit efforts aimed at keeping heat and power on in the homes of those struggling financially during the winter months.

“This is the 30th anniversary for the Macomb Walk for Warmth. It’s a signature event to raise funds to provide heating help for their neighbors in need,” said Ernest Cawvey, the director of Macomb Community Action. “This shows that Macomb County is a community that cares.”

Macomb County Commissioner Harold Haugh, who represents Roseville, will be among those walking at the event. He invited the public to join him.

“Again, I am proud to represent Macomb County as an honorary walker at this year’s event taking place at the Macomb Mall in Roseville,” he said in an email. “Please join me for the 5K walk on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at the Macomb Mall starting at 9 a.m. and concluding at 11 a.m. Let’s once again show Macomb County cares for those that are in need of our support. We all know how cold it can get in Michigan, and your support would be greatly appreciated. (I) hope to see you at the Macomb Mall.”

The event consists of a 5K walk through the mall and costs $25 per person to take part. People can sign up at www.eventbrite.com or at the event itself beginning at 8 a.m. The mall is located at 32233 Gratiot Ave. in Roseville. The walk itself will kick off at 9 a.m.

“The event itself is at Macomb Mall, and all the participants join in on a 5K walk to help support those who need help,” Cawvey remarked. “We’ll have some speakers from around Macomb County discussing the services we offer and the help that some of our neighbors require. … Donations can be made if you can’t attend the event.”

Supporters of the event say that hundreds of families have been helped since the fundraiser was founded 30 years ago.

“Since 1990, the Walk for Warmth has helped thousands of Macomb County residents stay warm and in their homes during the coldest of months in Michigan,” Haugh stated. “The Walk for Warmth raises funds to assist low-income residents with heat-related emergencies, like paying utility bills or replacing a broken furnace. The 2018-19 Walk for Warmth funding helped 37 families and 72 individuals. About 21% of those helped were single-parent families, and 49% of these families were below the poverty line. … All of the event’s proceeds are used to support Macomb County residents.”

Cawvey stressed that Macomb Community Action provides help for those who can’t get it elsewhere.

“A lot of people know there are a lot of services for those in need, but there are eligibility requirements to get state aid,” said Cawvey. “Macomb Community Action does not have those requirements, so those who can’t get help from the state can get it from us.”

Cawvey wants the public to know that the Walk for Warmth can be the reason some families can keep their heat on during the winter months.

“It’s helped create a legacy of caring and supplements other efforts that aid people who might have difficulty meeting all of their needs during the winter,” he said. “It can make a huge difference for people.”

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