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Together we have the power to help families stay warm
The 19th annual Walk for Warmth Fundraiser for WAIM’s Energy Assistance Program.
The WAIM energy assistance program is a crucial program that provides heat to people who have significant financial needs. Adequate home heating is a necessity of life. The inability to heat one’s home adequately can put household members at risk for health and safety problems. Winter brings high heating bills that can force people to lower the temperatures in their homes in order to save money, sometimes to unsafe levels.
The elderly, the disabled, and young children are especially vulnerable to hypothermia. Many families are forced to choose between food and fuel. This is known as the “Heat or Eat” dilemma. It is difficult for a child to study and realize his or her full potential in a home with no heat or lighting. Families who lose heat risk losing custody of their children. Some families will supplement their heat with theircook stove.
The Walk for Warmth is WAIM’s only fundraiser for their energy assistance program. Last year the walk for warmth raised$24,791.62. WAIM’s Energy Assistance Program provided with heat to 524individuals in 210households. With the dramatic increase of families losing their job it is estimated that more people will need energy assistance this winter. To provide this assistance the walk for warmth will need to raise $30,000.00. So we ask that you invite family and friends to participate in this vital event.
This years walk will take place after the 1:30pm Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at Willimantic Seventh Day Adventist Church, 128Quarry St, Willimantic, CT on Sunday November 21, 2010. The walk is an easy scenic 2 mile walk that will begin and end at Willimantic Seventh Day Adventist Church. The walk is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to enjoy their friendships while having a direct positive impact on the community.
Registration will open at 1:00pm and close at 2:45pm. The Interfaith Service will begin at 1:30pm and the walk will begin at 2:15pm. Refreshments will be served at the end of the walk. People may form teams or walk independently. There is a $20.00 minimum pledge to participate in the event. For registration, pledge forms, or to learn how you can assist even if you are unable to attend the event please visit the WAIM website at www.waimct.org or call 456-7270 ext. 12.
Senator Williams will be discussing the new legislation that helps streamline the environmental permitting process and cut red tape for economic development projects. He will also be talking about the programs available for small business financing. There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and give input.
The cost per person is $15 and includes breakfast. The legislative breakfast will be at the Nathan Hale Inn & Conference Center in Storrs. To register please visit our website www.WindhamChamber.com or call the Chamber for addtional information at at 860.423.6389.rmation at at 860.423.6389.