The thought of going through winter with little or no heat is chilling. But for hundreds of Michigan families, it’s reality.
Ongoing budget pressures at the federal and state levels mean that public heating assistance dollars are less certain. Plus, many nonprofits have fewer dollars to give.
To help warm homes and support Keep Michigan Warm Month in Michigan, Consumers Energy is joining local Community Action Agencies to sponsor Walk for Warmth events across the state in February and early March.
Consumers Energy will match all funds raised by employees and any participating family and friends, thereby doubling heating assistance for those in need. Last year, employees raised $45,000 for a total of $90,000 after the company match.
“Every dollar raised will go toward helping our most vulnerable customers, including those who are elderly and disabled, and those who can’t afford to pay their heating bills,” said Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy Vice President of Customer Experience and Operations. “I’ve registered for several of the walks and hope you will join me. Together, our steps can help ensure that our customers aren’t left in the cold this winter.”
You can help support Keep Michigan Warm Month and join a Walk for Warmth near you. There are more than 30 walks scheduled across Michigan.
Consumers Energy also offers additional payment plans and assistance programs for seniors, low-income, military and others. The Michigan Public Service Commission also offers energy-saving tips and other information to help consumers BeWinterWise.