As the promise of spring becomes closer, final tallies are taking place at Ottawa County Community Action Agency (OCCAA) for this year’s Walk For Warmth campaign. Through generous corporate donations and widespread personal and other non-profit giving, this year’s Walk made nearly $16,000. Just over 300 walkers – a record number – participated as well.
“We are truly fortunate,” says Paula Huyser, Program Supervisor, OCCAA. “This means we will we be able to maintain assistance for our customers. That demand hasn’t decreased. In fact demand for heating assistance has increased from last year due to the extreme temperatures we’ve had. We are very grateful for all the support we’ve received not just from our community, but well beyond it, too.”
Support from private donors came locally from Ottawa County, but also came from as far away as Belmont, Maple City and Goodrich, Michigan. A record number of walkers and walking teams participated as well. Just over 300 participants Walked the Walk and came from as far away as Muskegon, Norton Shores, Spring Lake and Wyoming.
Walking teams included Consumers Energy, Creative Dining Services, Sherwin Williams, GVSU Student Nurses, Zeeland East and West High Schools Spanish, and Zeeland F.I.R.S.T. Robotics, whose team brought in nearly $700.
Last year OCCAA assisted over 5,000 homes in Ottawa County through its range of housing-related programs. Walk For Warmth is an ongoing, year-round campaign that culminates in the annual event in February.