Helping others stay warm

The 21st annual FiveCAP Walk for Warmth will take place on Feb. 22 this year. Walkers are needed to seek pledges and more details on getting a pledge sheet can be obtained by stopping by the FiveCAP offices or calling (231) 723-8327. (Courtesy Photo)

The 21st annual FiveCAP Walk for Warmth will take place on Feb. 22 this year. Walkers are needed to seek pledges and more details on getting a pledge sheet can be obtained by stopping by the FiveCAP offices or calling (231) 723-8327. (Courtesy Photo)

FiveCAP seeking volunteers for 21st annual Walk for Warmth on Feb. 22

 

 

FROM STAFF REPORTS

 

MANISTEE — Sometimes people take for granted their ability to turn up the thermostat and maintain a comfortable temperature inside their home during these viciously cold winter days. Many in the community, however, can’t afford that luxury.

Keeping the heat on through the winter is an expense that can break a family’s budget and, for many years, these families have been able to turn to FiveCAP, Inc. for assistance with the high cost of utilities.

FiveCAP is now turning to the community and asking for support in this endeavor. The agency will hold its 21st annual Walk for Warmth on Feb. 22 and is seeking volunteers to participate in the fundraising event.

“Walk for Warmth is a unique program because it provides us with a safety net to ensure that no one slips through the cracks,” said FiveCAP Community Support Director Holly Haywood. “Through this program, we are able to help people who don’t qualify for government-funded heat assistance programs and have a pot of money on hand in case those federal and state programs suffer further cuts.”

Volunteers will be asked to collect pledges and participate in a two-mile trek through the ever-uncertain conditions of a late-February morning.

“We always have fun, no matter what surprises the weather might hold,” Haywood said.

All the money raised through Walk for Warmth remains local and will be used to help residents of the county in which it was raised.

“Walk for Warmth will be particularly important this year, not because of the extreme cold we’re experiencing, but because of something equally out of our control,” Haywood explained. “Income guidelines went from 200 percent of poverty to 150 percent, so there are a lot of people who used to be eligible that we won’t be able to help this year except through Walk for Warmth.”

The agency is also seeking the sponsorship of businesses that, in exchange for the fee, will be featured on the event T-shirts.

Registration for this year’s Walk for Warmth will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 22 at the Manistee County FiveCAP office, located at 265 First St., in Manistee. The walk itself will commence at 10 a.m.

For more information, call FiveCAP at (231) 723-8327 or stop by the office to pick up a pledge sheet.

 

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