Living without heat is a dangerous reality for many Michigan residents facing utility shut-offs. Choosing between paying the heat bill and buying groceries is a choice no one should have to make. According to Michigan 2-1-1, utility assistance is the number one requested need (29.9%) from callers looking for community resources in Allegan County.
To combat utility shut-offs, Community Action of Allegan County (CAAC) will be holding a Walk for Warmth 5k Run./Walk on Saturday, March 16 from 9am-11am. The walk will take place at the Lynx Golf Course in Otsego.
Jim Szilagyi, Owner of the The Lynx, is proud to support CAAC and it’s clients, “We support a number of community events as part of our business and we are excited to host the Walk for Warmth. There is a tremendous need in Allegan County and we are honored to contribute to this vital cause.”
Money raised from walker registration and sponsorship support will go directly to Community Action of Allegan County’s Utility Assistance Program. The program assists income eligible households by providing payment for metered and deliverable fuel bills in order to avert a household crisis. Last year alone, CAAC helped 177 families prevent power shut off notices.
“Everyone faces unexpected circumstances at some point; this program is a bridge through times of crisis when clients need support. These funds help low-income, elderly and disabled residents keep their heat on throughout the winter,” said Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Brenda Molendyk regarding the program.
To learn more about the event and to register, visit CAAC’s website: CommunityActionAllegan.org or call 269.673.5472 x 264. If you or someone you know is struggling with paying utility bills, please call CAAC today x 293 to see if you qualify for assistance.