More than 930 racers participated in the seventh annual Clark Public Utilities Race for Warmth and raised more than $43,000 for the utility’s heating assistance program, Operation Warm Heart.
Participants were invited to walk, run or roll a route of their choice. Because this year’s event was converted to a virtual format, people from all over Clark County, as well as Oregon, North Carolina, Texas, Hawaii, and Arizona joined in the collective effort to support families in need while staying safely apart.
“We were so proud of our community for continuing this annual tradition, and grateful for their generosity,” said Maxie Mayer, Clark Public Utilities Marketing and Events Specialist. “Despite the changes to this year’s event and the difficulties presented by the pandemic, we had an incredible turnout. Plus, many people who registered gave extra donations to Operation Warm Heart during this time when so many people are struggling.”
Every dollar of registration fees and all donations made online and at local Burgerville restaurants leading up to the event will be used to provide local families in financial crisis help covering home heating expenses.
The average Operation Warm Heart grant is $290 and the proceeds of this year’s race will directly benefit more than 150 families here in Clark County.
Participation in the Race for Warmth has tripled since the first event in 2015. In just a few years, hundreds of runners and walkers of all ages have made the community event an annual tradition.
Operation Warm Heart is a donor-funded program that helps community members in financial crisis who may not qualify for other payment assistance. Since 1985 Operation Warm Heart has given nearly 14,000 customers just under $3.6 million in grants — all generously provided by Clark Public Utilities customers, employees, and local businesses. Donations can be made year-round at any Clark Public Utilities location or online, or by calling 360-992-3000.
Clark Public Utilities is a customer-owned public utility that provides electric service to more than 210,000 customers throughout Clark County. The utility also provides water service to about 37,000 homes and businesses in the Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek, Lakeshore, Hockinson, Brush Prairie, La Center, Meadow Glade, Amboy and Yacolt areas. More information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 360-992-3000 or www.clarkpublicutilities.com.