A series of local dignitaries, led by Mayor Daniel Biss, NAACP President Rev. Dr. Michael Nabors, several councilors and several city officials signed up as walkers or supporters of the Evanston Warmth Walk Interfaith Action, to be held on January 17th.
The event, which begins at the First United Methodist Church at 11 am. on MLK Day of Service, you will be raising money through donations and sponsorships to support the IAE Emergency Night Shelter and other programs to help those who are hungry or homeless. The hikers will tour a three-kilometer circuit of churches in downtown Evanston, each of which serves as shelter host on a three-week rotation.
In addition to Mayor Biss, Councilwoman Claire Kelly, Councilwoman Melissa Wynne, Councilwoman Eleanor Revelle and Councilman Peter Braithwaite pledged their support. Also supporting or walking are Evanston Police Department Acting Chief Rich Eddington, Evanston Community Foundation President and CEO Sol Anderson, and Kimberly Krull, Division Chief of the Evanston Fire Department.
Walkers raise money through donations and sponsorships in what is an ideal MLK Day of Service project, honoring Dr. King’s legacy and fighting for economic justice. The funds raised will allow the IAE to keep the doors of its shelters open every night from mid-November to April, providing vital warmth for those without a home during the coldest months of the year. The money also helps fund Interfaith Action’s Hospitality Center and Warming Center, which provide safe and cozy places for homeless people in the morning and afternoon/evening, respectively.
Participation in the Walk for Heat is open to anyone. Many of the more than 40 religious communities that make up the IAE will be bringing together teams of hikers, including people of all ages.
Individuals interested in joining the walk or donating to support it can find more information at https://tinyurl.com/IAE2022W4W. Registration will also be available on-site on the day of the event.