Join us for the 20th Annual Walk for Warmth!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

It's cold outside-- put on your coat and Walk for Warmth!

Winter in Connecticut is no time to have to worry about your heating budget. But in this year's troubled economy, more residents than ever, including families with infants and young children, the elderly and the ill are finding they simply do not have sufficient cash to push their thermostats up to the range that will keep them warm and comfortable. Some do not have the funds to have any heat at all.

The staff at New Opportunities in Greater Meriden (NOGM) are doing their best to “turn up the heat” as they launch the 20th Annual Walk for Warmth on March 6th, 10 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, 62 Colony St. in Meriden. The two-mile walk will begin and end at the church. The Walk raises funds for those households that do not qualify for Federal or State programs yet need assistance.

Last year's peripatetic effort raised more than $20,000 in direct assistance which helped at least 160 households throughout the towns of Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Berlin. One hundred percent of the money raised at this event goes to the needy families.

Demands for emergency fuel assistance accelerated in 2009 because of a slowed economy, regional layoffs and increased fuel costs. As a result, NOGM's Walk for Warmth Steering Committee has stated that they have "renewed, redoubled and rededicated their commitment" to provide ample aid to local residents in 2010, "and to help our community help itself."

Interested walkers may find out more by contacting NOGM's call center at (203) 235-0278 or by sending an e-mail to MRoderick [at] NewOpportunitiesInc [dot] org.

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