Walk for Warmth nets funds for people in crisis

To the editor:

The third annual Walk for Warmth was held Feb. 9 at Derry Township Park. The event was sponsored by MCS Bank in partnership with the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata, Shelter Services and the Mifflin-Juniata Human Services Department. This year’s event raised $7,696 dollars.

All funds raised during the Walk for Warmth support the local Mifflin-Juniata Energy Bank. The MJ Energy Bank targets people who have exhausted all federal and state programs and are in crisis. Through the Coalition of HOPES, the MJ Energy Bank streamlines support, guiding our citizens through the many resources available while avoiding duplication or abuse of services.

Thanks to the many walkers who braved the snowy but sunny day and walked. These walkers collected pledges from the community and churches and made this event so successful. The walkers were young and old and some were furry. Some walked around the park one; some just kept going and going and going. A special thanks goes out to Rich Coast Coffee for providing hot chocolate and coffee and Kish Printing for helping make our signs and pledge envelopes. We also need to thank Dale Wilburn for volunteering to provide us with music that invigorated the walkers and event coordinators.

This event reminds all of us that real people in our community count on and benefit from the services that United Way of Mifflin-Juniata supports. We appreciate everyone’s support.

MCS Bank Team: Teresa Daubert, Joann Loht, Nicole Augustine, Susan Heimbach, Margie Drake, Kathy Rarich, Diane Ammerman

Coalition of HOPES: Marie Mulvihill, United Way of Mifflin-Juniata

Allison Fisher, Mifflin Juniata Human Services Department

Wilda Fisher, Shelter Services

Marie Mulvihill

Executive Director

United Way of Mifflin-Juniata