A community of care emerged in Evanston on January 17th, as almost 600 people turned out to walk in sub-freezing temperatures to raise money for those experiencing homelessness and hunger and to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Interfaith Action of Evanston’s third annual Walk for Warmth generated more than $35,000 to support programs that provide warm spaces for those in need, including the Emergency Overnight Shelter, the Warming Center, and the Hospitality Center, as well as daily soup kitchens.
“We were blown away by the response,” says Anne Heinz, who originated the idea for the walk and chairs its organizing committee. “Two years ago, we had 250 people and that seemed amazing. It’s wonderful to see a community come together in concern for the people for whom Dr. King was most concerned.”
Setting the pace were a Leadership Team of Interfaith Action President Melissa Appelt, the Rev. Michael Nabors, Evanston NAACP and Senior Pastor, Second Baptist Church; Mayor Daniel Biss; City Council member Eleanor Revelle, and Evanston Community Foundation President and CEO Sol Anderson, while other community leaders followed, including Acting City Manager Kelley Gandurski, City Council members Clare Kelly, Melissa Wynne, Jonathan Nieuwsma, and Peter Braithwaite as well as Evanston Police Department Interim Chief Rich Eddington, and Kimberly Krull, Division Chief, Evanston Fire Department.
“We are so grateful to all who came out or donated,” Appelt commented. “We are also very appreciative of the Evanston Police Department, which did a wonderful job, enabling us to move safely through downtown in view of many of the sites where our programs are offered.” Donations to Walk for Warmth will be accepted through January 31. You can donate here.
Walk for Warmth 2022 also generated significant local press coverage, boosting awareness of the ongoing challenges Evanston faces to care for those who lack secure sources of food and housing. You can read some of that coverage here:
A group from Second Baptist Church begins the two-mile Walk for Warmth on the holiday honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Forty
faith communities participated.
Ariana Alber, from left, walks along Ridge Avenue with her mother, Sheri Alber and Karen Davis, all of Lake Street Church.
The annual Walk for Warmth passes through Raymond Park on Monday,
Jan. 17, 2022.