API donates $1,000 to Walk for Warmth

LAKE COUNTY — The Northern Michigan Chapter of the American Petroleum Institute recently presented a check for $1,000 to FiveCAP’s Walk for Warmth program, which provides heat assistance to low-income families. 

“API’s thoughtfulness and consideration for those less fortunate is helpful in meeting community needs in a time of limited resources,” said FiveCAP Executive Director Mary Trucks.

The American Petroleum Institute is a national trade association made up of members from all sectors of the oil and natural gas industry. On hand to present the donation to FiveCAP was API’s Darel Willison, who described the northern Michigan chapter as a group of service companies and operators that gets together and discusses their interests in the area.

“We’ve donated now for four or five years because we want to contribute to those who need funds to help pay for heat, but it also supports our industry as well,” Willison said. “It’s important to give back to those in need. It’s important for people to know that we do care about the community and do give back.

“FiveCAP has such a presence in areas that we operate, so we decided it would be a good place to donate.”

Faced with the ever-present uncertainty regarding funding of government heat assistance programs, FiveCAP relies on the generosity of individuals and businesses, such as API, to provide a solid safety net in the form of Walk for Warmth funds.

Walk for Warmth funds are used in emergency circumstances to help residents who don’t otherwise qualify for state or federal heat assistance programs, or to provide help with those government funds have been exhausted.

There is another opportunity to contribute to the agency’s Walk for Warmth efforts, in the form of the annual Golf for Warmth fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 1, at Manistee National Golf and Resort. The event is a nine-hole scramble, followed by a live auction, and features an assortment of prizes.

For more information on Walk for Warmth, to sign up for Golf for Warmth or to make a donation, contact FiveCAP at (231) 757-3785.