The Heat the Streets Run and Walk for Warmth Campaign is supported by a community coalition of metro area nonprofit organizations, corporations, government representatives and concerned citizens. The mission of the campaign is to raise funds to help metro area residents heat their homes in the bitter cold winter months and cool their homes during the hot and humid summer months. The 2012-2013 campaign raised a record-breaking $132,000 with gifts ranging from $5 to $18,000 from a broad mix of foundations, corporations and individuals.
Funds will be used for utilities assistance to people in need distributed by area nonprofit agencies working with Omaha Public Power District, Metropolitan Utilities District and Black Hills Energy.
Neighbors in Need
The economic downturn has increased the need for energy and utility bill assistance for families with children in the metro area. The most recent 2010 U.S. Census report shows that Nebraska has a 12.9% poverty rate; the U.S. Census estimates that 15.1% of Douglas County is living in poverty. This effect is hard-felt by Omaha’s youth: the Annie E. Casey Kids Count Data Center reports that 26% of children in Omaha are living in poverty, compared to 18.2% of children across Nebraska and 21.6% nationwide.
The Heartland Walk for Warmth Campaign is supported by a broad coalition of metro area nonprofit organizations, corporations, government representatives and concerned citizens.
The agencies work with clients to develop a full continuum of care that addresses both their immediate and long-term needs. Referrals are made to collaborating agencies for needed services and food, material and additional financial assistance is provided on a case-by-case basis as part of the plan developed to help the client establish, or regain, self-sufficiency.
You can become part of the energy assistance campaign by either participating in the Run and Walk on March 1, 2014 at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, or by donating funds online, by mail, or using the form on your local utility bills.