Hundreds of Omaha, Neb., area residents worked up a sweat last weekend to raise money for the Omaha-area Energy Assistance Program. Union members from Electrical Workers (IBEW) locals 1483 and 1521 and the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) Local 70-558 participated in the Heartland Walk for Warmth.
Linda Morin, AFL-CIO Community Services liaison, worked in the main tent, signing up volunteers, walkers and also runners. There were 232 walkers, 72 runners and 41 volunteers who all gathered to help on the cold Saturday morning for the walk and run. A minimum of $9,213.39 was raised in donations, fees and in-kind services.
One-third of the monies raised goes to the American Red Cross, one-third goes to the Salvation Army and the remaining money goes to Black Hills Energy. These three organizations participate in energy assistance programs to help local residents afford their utilities.