March 3, 2017 – A group of utilities and non-profits will host the “Heat the Street Race and Walk for Warmth” this Saturday in Omaha to help low-income households pay their utility bills. Nebraska may have seen a heat wave in February, but many residents still need assistance paying their energy-related bills. The event is celebrating its tenth year.
The event aims to raise awareness of the need for assistance in paying energy bills. All money raised during the event will go to help people pay their energy bills. “We just want people to be aware of the need,” said Judi Martin, chair of the event’s planning committee. “It can happen to anybody.”
Organizers expect about 500 people to attend the event, which features a 5k run and a one-mile walk. New this year is a 400-meter sprint. There is typically an even split between runners and walkers. A cold day would help illustrate the need for energy-bill assistance, but weather is expected to be mid-60s and sunny skies on race day. After the races, participants are invited to have hot chocolate and popcorn at the Midtown Marcus Cinema. There will be door prize drawings, a silent auction, and announcements of the race winners.
The fundraiser benefits energy assistance programs offered by Omaha Public Power District, Metropolitan Utilities District and Black Hills Energy. The program will help those in need to pay all or part of their utility bills.
More information about the “Heat the Street” event can be found on its website: http://www.heatthestreetsomaha.org/
Sources: Media reports, “Heat the Street” website