$172,000 raised so far by walkers and sponsors of OLHSA’s 26th annual Walk for Warmth


, A Community Action Agency, hosted its 26th annual Walk for Warmth events Feb. 6, 2016 at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets and Feb. 20, 2016 at Hartland Educational Support Service Center. The community-favorite events, sponsored by Genisys Credit Union, saw 1200 participants in the form of walkers, sponsors and volunteers. Funds raised support emergency utility assistance, helping to keep Oakland and Livingston families safe and warm in their homes this winter.

To date this year, cash and pledges have totaled $78,800 from the Oakland Walk for Warmth and $93,200 from the Livingston County Walk for Warmth. In total, the nonprofit aims to raise a combined $180,000 between the two events, and $8,000 remains to accomplish that goal.

“Despite this winter’s mild temperatures, many local households are struggling with heating crises,” said Ronald B. Borngesser, OLHSA CEO. “It is crucial that the community joins us in reaching our goal so we can help as many families and individuals in need as possible.”

Every dollar raised will go right back in to Oakland and Livingston Counties to heat homes, including many with young children and elderly, those most vulnerable to cold and illness. Donations stay in the county where they are raised.

At both events this year participants of all ages enjoyed exercising indoors, giveaways, kid’s activities, a free t-shirt and interacting with Otis, the OLHSA Walk for Warmth mascot. In Oakland County Sheriff Bouchard kicked things off and walkers received shopping coupons, blood pressure screenings and massages. In Livingston County Wines for Humanity was honored as Team of the Year, receiving tributes from state legislators and Congressman Mike Bishop.

It is not too late to help OLHSA reach its goal of raising $180,000 for emergency utility assistance. Donate to Walk for Warmth now:

Oakland: www.crowdrise.com/WalkforWarmthOakland2016
Livingston: www.crowdrise.com/WalkforWarmthLivingston2016

Walk for Warmth is Oakland County’s premier walk-a-thon event, giving back 100 percent of proceeds to the Emergency Utility Assistance Program at OLHSA, A Community Action Agency. In 2015 Walk for Warmth funds kept 307 Oakland County families warm (684 individuals), of which 39 percent were children. In 2015 Walk for Warmth funds kept 143 Livingston County families warm (360 individuals), of which 36 percent were children.

OLHSA is a Community Action Agency improving the quality of life for people facing crisis while strengthening families, communities, seniors and youth since 1964. Over 178,000 services were provided in 2014 in the pursuit of helping people and changing lives.  www.olhsa.org