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Walkers Warm To Event Date

Save the date for Saturday, February 10, 2018, 8:30 AM, City on A Hill, Zeeland, MI. The easy way to include it in your plans is to add it to your calendar by clicking here.

This last weekend was fabulous, but the Farmer's Almanac, and other weather experts say this winter promises to be colder and snowier than last year.

Help your neighbors, your friends, fellow worshipers, or your co-workers who may be in need by giving to the Walk For Warmth today and coming to the event in February. The event consists of fellowship, fun with friends and co-workers, good food and a well-marked 2-mile stroll around downtown Zeeland.

Send a tax-deductible check to:
Walk For Warmth, Ottawa County Community Action Agency
12251 James Street, Suite 300
Holland, MI 49424

Companies, churches and community organizations: start forming your walking teams now and prepare to compete to see which walking team raises the most money for the campaign!

More information can be found at http://www.miottawa.org/w4w. Forms will be posted soon.

The Chili-er It Gets, The Warmer It Gets

Local organizations hold chili cook-offs to benefit Walk For Warmt

Two area organizations are holding chili cook-offs to raise awareness and donations for this year's Walk For Warmth.

Evoqua Water Technologies in Holland Township will be holding its cook off on Thursday, February 4. They are opening the entries to suppliers who would like to participate, and will have local chefs on site to judge the recipes, including Chef Todd Buter of Beechwood Inn.

West Michigan Works! in Holland will hold its annual Walk For Warmth chili cook off on Thursday, February 11. "We believe Walk for Warmth is a great way to help others meet the basic needs for warmth and safety during the harsh winters in Michigan," says longtime event volunteer, Carol DeRuiter, West Michigan Works! staff member.

In both organizations employees will donate money to participate and judge the best chili recipe. All donations will go towards the Walk For Warmth that raises money to help struggling families in Ottawa County who have received a shut-off notice from their utility company. Evoqua and West Michigan Works! will also be sending corporate walking teams to the Walk For Warmth event.

The Walk For Warmth takes place Saturday, February 13, 8:30 AM at City On A Hill, 100 Pine Street in Zeeland, MI. The Walk itself is a 2-mile well-marked route around downtown Zeeland.


Schools Walk For Warmth and Wellness, Teach Empathy

Two Ottawa County Schools are helping bring awareness to families who are struggling to pay their utility bills. West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics in Ferrysburg will hold their own Walk For Warmth in conjunction with their Wellness Week, Friday, February 5 during school hours.

"We believe that pairing the Walk For Warmth within our Wellness Week is a very effective combination," explains Rachel Fetterley, Dance Teacher, "The children gain the opportunity to help others while doing something active and fun."

Also Holland Christian's Southside Elementary will hold a coin drive as their recess running club tabulates their mileage.

"The Walk For Warmth is such a great campaign," says Principal, Miska Rynsburger, "partnering with the community and participating in the Walk for Warmth is a natural extension of the conversations we've had with our students both about our school theme this year of living 'Life Together' and about healthy living through our Wellness Wednesday program."

Additionally the Holland Christian School’s kitchen will donate 200 cinnamon rolls for the morning's event.

The Walk For Warmth raises money to help struggling families in Ottawa County who have received a shut-off notice from their utility company.

The Walk For Warmth event takes place Saturday, February 13, 8:30 AM at City On A Hill, 100 Pine Street in Zeeland, MI. The Walk itself is a 2-mile well-marked route around downtown Zeeland.