JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – Aside from this latest storm, it’s been a pretty mild winter in Michigan compared to the last two years. Even so, paying to heat a home is still difficult for many people. That’s where an annual Jackson fundraiser can help.
Today marks another year that Consumers Energy will “walk for warmth.” This means that after walking around Downtown Jackson they will raise money to raise awareness for people in need.
Consumers Energy Senior Public Informations Director Brian Wheeler explained, “this is a way to raise money for people to pay their energy bills, to pay their heating bills. And people walk…there’s no price to be apart of it . People are collecting donations. Last year we raised more than $50,000 for the Jackson community. All of the money goes to the community action agency and then to those who need it.”
“This is to support all of the people in our community that need money to help them heat their homes throughout the winter,” said Consumers Energy Employee Paula Causi.
Overall, Consumers Energy expects the walk to be a success.
Consumers Energy Director of Communications Dan Bishop said, “about 900 people will be walking today. Considering Consumers Energy has a large number of employees in Jackson County. But, really today is about walking to support those most in need. Last year, about $200,000 was raised statewide through 30 walks. Today, it’s the largest walk in Jackson.”
If you are interested in donating to the cause, the walk for warmth is open to the public.
“The simple thing to do is, if you know someone from Consumers Energy who is taking part in this event, let the know you support them. The company is matching every dollar that employees raise for this event,” said Wheeler.
Officials today say today’s event raised $75,000. There were close to 900 volunteers who walked Downtown Jackson to raise money for those in need. Walk for Warmth will continue at different locations all across mid-Michigan.