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25th Anniversary Walk for Warmth

November 19, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

25th Anniversary Walk for Warmth Funds Heat and Utility Costs for Under-Resourced Windham Residents

For years, hardworking low-income families in the greater Windham area have relied on the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry (WAIM) as a safety net to keep their utilities on in cold weather. When a financial shock occurs, the meager salaries earned in these households are often not enough to cover basic needs, and families must make the impossible choice between rent, food and heat. On Sunday, November 19, WAIM will hold its 25th anniversary Walk for Warmth to raise money for the organization’s 2017 Energy Assistance Program, and is inviting area residents, faith-based organizations, student groups and civic/social clubs to help them achieve their greatest financial goal to date.

 To meet the ever-increasing needs of residents in financial crisis, the Walk for Warmth is seeking to expand its base of participants who walk a short, 2-mile route through Willimantic to raise a goal of $40,000 for this year’s Energy Assistance Program. Participants will meet at Temple Bnai Israel on Jackson Street in Willimantic between 1:00 and 2:15 p.m. on November 19, registering for $25 per walker and delivering any additional pledges that friends, family members, co-workers and neighbors have generously contributed toward the cause. An optional interfaith service takes place at 1:30 p.m., and the walk begins at about 2:15 p.m., ending an hour later with food, children’s activities and socializing.

 “The Walk for Warmth is so important for so many people in this community,” explained Victoria Nimirowski, director of WAIM. “Our state is in financial crisis and many programs that help under-resourced individuals and families are being cut. The current employment market offers limited job security, no benefits, and unreliable wages. These facts make WAIM’s program even more critical, as we are able to respond immediately to personal financial crises that are crippling area families.”

 Since 2007, WAIM has distributed $727,665 in energy assistance to 6,616 people from 2,549 local families. Last year, proceeds from the event helped 406 people from 172 families to access heat, hot water or electricity. A recent example of this support involved a homeless woman who was unable to secure permanent housing without first settling an overdue electric bill, a situation that forced her to live for five years in shelters and in a tent outside during summer months. “WAIM negotiated with the electric company to lower her outstanding debt, then paid the remaining bill from our Energy Assistance Fund,” continued Nimirowski. “This 59-year-old woman moved into her apartment just days ago, on the same day the bill was settled. She could finally sleep safely in a place of her own.”

 Throughout its history, the Walk for Warmth has been supported by faith congregations. This year, event planners will be reaching out to schools, colleges, civic groups, community-based organizations and clubs, encouraging their support and participation. Individuals and organizations interested in participating should contact Evelyn Solla at WAIM, 860-456-7270 ext. 12. Non-walkers can visit www.waimct.org to donate online.


November 19, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Temple B’nai Israel


Temple Bnai Israel, Willimantic, CT
345 Jackson Street
Willimantic,, CT 06226 United States
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