A host of local dignitaries, led by Mayor Steve Hagerty, Michael Nabors, president of Evanston/North Shore Branch NAACP, seven aldermen, and numerous city officials have signed on as walkers or supporters of Interfaith Action of Evanston’s Walk for Warmth, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, January 20 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
The walk will begin at First United Methodist Church of Evanston, 516 Church Street. Walkers will travel a roughly two-mile circuit of churches in downtown Evanston, each of which serves as a host to the shelter in a three-week rotation.
Funds raised will allow IAE to continue its policy of keeping shelter doors open every night from mid-November to mid-March, providing life-saving shelter to those without homes during the five coldest months of the year.
In addition to Mayor Hagerty, City Council members Judy Fiske, Melissa Wynne, Donald Wilson, Robin Rue Simmons 5th Ward Alderman, Tom Suffredin, Eleanor Revelle, and Cicely L. Fleming, 9th Ward Alderwoman have all pledged support.
Also supporting or walking are Evanston Interim City Manager Erika Storlie, Evanston Police Department Chief Demetrius Cook and Evanston Fire Department Brian Scott, along with numerous religious leaders including Pastor Grace Imathiu of First United Methodist Church of Evanston, Rev. Dr. Ray Hylton of First Presbyterian Church of Evanston, Rev. Dr. Ann Rosewald of First Congregational Church of Evanston, UCC, Rabbi Andrea Coustan London of Beth Emet The Free Synagogue, Rev. Eileen Wiviott of Unitarian Church of Evanston and Rev. Pam Voves of St Paul's Lutheran Church of Evanston.
Walker will be treated to hot chocolate at the start of the walk, and walker can walk all or part of the route. To register, click here. You can also register at First United Methodist on the day of the walk.
Can't walk but want to donate? Do that online here.
Donate by check:
Interfaith Action of Evanston P.O. Box 1414, Evanston, IL 60204 firstname.lastname@example.org (Specify Walk for Warmth on the Memo line)
See below for the shelter's schedule for this winter.