More than $157,000 raised by walkers and sponsors of OLHSA’s 27th annual Walk for Warmth

OLHSA, A Community Action Agency, hosted its 27th annual Walk for Warmth events, sponsored by Genisys Credit Union, on Feb. 4, 2017 at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets and Feb. 18, 2017 at the Hartland Educational Support Service Center. More than 1,000 participants, in the form of walkers, sponsors and volunteers, came together to raise funds for the Emergency Utility Assistance Program that keeps Oakland and Livingston county families safe and warm in their homes.

So far the total amount raised through Walk for Warmth is at $157,648 with $75,422 from the Oakland Walk for Warmth and $80,206 from the Livingston County Walk for Warmth. To reach the $180,000 goal, $24,352 is needed.

“People who seek our assistance struggle every day to stretch their limited resources to meet all their basic needs,” said Susan Harding, OLHSA CEO. “Funds raised at the Walk for Warmth events help them make their resources go a bit further and improve the quality of their life.”

Every dollar raised goes to heating homes in Oakland and Livingston counties, including many with young children and elderly, who are 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, children’s activities, a free commemorative t-shirt and interacting with various mascots, including those from the  Detroit Zoo, Rainforest Café and SEA LIFE Michigan. In Oakland County, PK from 89X kicked things off and walkers received goodie bags, blood pressure screenings and massages. In Livingston County, KSI was honored as Team of the Year, receiving tributes from state legislators, and walkers enjoyed a photo booth, life-size penguin balloon display, refreshments and more.

There’s still time to help OLHSA reach its goal of raising $180,000 for the emergency utility assistance program. To donate visit, for Oakland County and for Livingston County.

Walk for Warmth is Oakland County and Livingston 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.

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 209,000 services were provided in 2016 in the pursuit of helping people and changing lives.