THE OAKLAND PRESS: Families walk to raise money for warmth fund

By Aftab Borka, The Oakland Press

POSTED: 02/06/16

Hundreds of local families gathered inside the Great Lakes Crossing Outlet in Auburn Hills on Saturday morning to take part in an annual walk to raise money and awareness for a special cause.

The walk was the 26th annual event organized by Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency, also known as OLHSA - a nonprofit helping low-income families in Oakland and Livingston counties.

OLHSA’s CEO Rob Borngesser said every year their cause and the goal keeps getting larger.

“Our goal this year is $180,000 and we will reach that goal,” said Borngesser. “That will serve about 2000 families that need assistance.”

The agency has also partnered with several local groups to help their efforts in helping people pay their energy bills.

One of their major partners is Genisys Credit Union.

Jackie Buchanan, President and CEO of Genisys Credit Union, also took part in the walk with a team of over 100 supporters.

“My team alone has raised over $28,000 this year so far,” said Buchanan.

The walk was chaired by Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.

Bouchard said “every time we see any kind of hole in the community in terms of a need and unmet need”, his department is there to help.

“We are here to help friends and neighbors that might be challenged to keep themselves and family warm,” said Bouchard. “This obviously is a way for us get involved with an existing to group to help, support the cause and give it visibility.”

OLHSA said all the funds raised will stay in Oakland County to help heat the homes of “friends and neighbors.”

In 2015 nearly 690 people and 310 families were helped with Walk for Warmth funds.

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