Danielle Romanelli Assistant Editor
On Nov. 18, the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry (WAIM) will be hosting their 26th annual Walk for Warmth. This yearly event is put on in order to raise money for the WAIM’s Energy Assistance program. The main goal of this is to help hardworking, low-income families keep their utilities on during the winter months, especially for families that receive financial surprises such as being laid off, when they already are classified in the poverty category. Through the development of this program, hundreds of families have been helped, and no longer have to make the choice between utilities or other necessities.
People who participate in this event attend an optional interfaith mass at Temple B’nai Israel which is located at 345 Jackson Street in Willimantic. People walk a two-mile route through the town, and then join together for food, socialization, and activities back at the church afterward.
In order to participate in this event, a person must register for $25, and it is strongly helpful if the person also collects donations or pledges from other people in their life, such as co-workers, friends, family, and peers. WAIM promotes the idea of completing this event in groups, and encourage groups such as Eastern’s clubs, work groups, faith-based organizations, and clubs and groups in the Windham area to make teams and walk together. Not only does the group atmosphere create more profit for the Energy Assistance Program through personal registration, but people are also more likely to pledge to a group than to a single person. Additionally, completing this two-mile walk with people instead of alone is much more fun and social than doing this as a single participant.
I think that this event is an amazing event put on by WAIM. It can be very stressful and hard on a person to have to deal with financial burdens, especially when it impacts the rest of the family. This event is able to help minimize the stress, even by just a little, of the people who have recently suffered financial inconveniences. Everyone should consider walking in this program. Two miles in the cold may seem like a lot to you, but four months without heat would be much colder.
For more information, such as how to register: http://waimct.org/events/walk-for-warmth/