Walk for Warmth to be held on March 3rd; Benefits local emergency heating funds

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Meriden Record-Journal
Meriden, CT

If winter heating bills are leaving you cold, New Opportunities of Greater Meriden's 22nd Annual "Walk For Warmth" may help take the chill out of your energy costs.

Slated March 3rd, beginning at 10 a.m., the two-mile walk begins and ends at First Congregational Church on 62 Colony Street. The hike is designed to raise emergency fuel funds for local, low-income residents.

New Opportunities' Community Services Director, Larry Elliott said the event was created to raise fuel monies for local residents who have exhausted all other forms of energy assistance.

"Participation in the Walk has become a community tradition for many throughout central Connecticut," he said. "Proceeds have provided help and hope to thousands since the event was launched."

New Opportunities Assistant Neighborhood Services Director, Ola Brown said, "entertainers, singers, marching groups, students and businesses are being sought to participate in the Walk."

"Our free, post-Walk reception, which is also open to all local residents, will feature hot dogs, soups, coffee, pastries, door prizes, raffles and a well-stocked auction," she said. "We'll have face painters, games, a jester, costumed characters for children and auction-prizes ranging from hair salon visits to children's toys and games."

Elliott said New Opportunities has already served a record number of energy applicants this year.

"Decreased funding has made it difficult reaching all those who've sought our help," he said.

"The Walk enables Meriden to celebrate a wonderful heritage while assisting local folks in need."

Walk for Warmth information is available by calling (203) 235-0278.

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