There’s still time to join Walk for Warmth

BALDWIN - According to the weather reports, it might snow on Saturday and the temperature is expected to top out in the high-20s or low-30s.

The blustery conditions will serve as a fitting reminder of why people are gathered.

The annual Walk for Warmth fundraiser, sponsored by FiveCAP, Inc., will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, at St. Ann Catholic Senior Center, located on East Ninth St., in Baldwin.

The event raises money that allows FiveCAP to provide heat assistance to people who might not qualify for state or federal programs and also fills in the gap when governmental assistance is exhausted.

All of the money raised locally stays in Lake County, so the fundraiser is truly a way for neighbors to help neighbors. Every penny raised is used to provide assistance to those in need.

“There is no administrative cost for Walk for Warmth,” FiveCAP community services director Holly Haywood said. “Everything raised goes to help low-income residents pay their heating bills.”

Even during mild winters like this, facing the cold months in northern Michigan without heat is a terrifying prospect for many low-income residents, and people are often forced to keep thermostats turned well below healthy levels.

The highlight of Saturday’s event will be the two-mile walk, for which participants have been gathering pledges from friends, family and neighbors. Afterward, there will be a gathering where refreshments (including warm beverages) will be served.

Pledge sheets can be picked up at the local FiveCAP office, located at 2476 West 44th St., in Baldwin. Advanced participation is not required and people are welcome to join in on Saturday.

For more information on the event, call (231) 745-4617.