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Media Coverage

TransCanada presents grant funding

Omaha, Neb., April 28, 2017

Our Common Fund of the Heartland Executive Director Judi Martin accepts grant funding from TransCanada. The funds will be used to set up computer equipment and software in Common Fund's office, which will allow us to better serve the Omaha community.

 

Heat the Streets

KETV, March 4, 2017

Video can be found at http://www.ketv.com/article/heat-the-streets/9106829.

Feet lend a hand to the arms of charity

WOWT, March 4, 2017

Some of the metro’s fleet-footed stepped up to fill a mixed bag of charitable betterment and personal fulfillment Saturday morning. A quick tour of Midtown Omaha helped offset energy bills for those in need.

The vehicle was the Heat the Streets and Walk for Warmth at Midtown Crossing.

 

The Heat the Streets Run was a professionally-time 5K that started at Midtown Crossing and passed through the Midtown and Field Club neighborhoods. Walk for Warmth was an untimed, one-mile walk around Midtown Crossing.

 

The different nature of each event served a similar goal – to help those in need pay their utility bills.

 

Event Chair Judi Martin said, “This is our 10th anniversary. We started this event 10 years ago to raise awareness in the community of the need of utility assistance and to share with folks. We take for granted sometimes that we can turn on our lights and turn on our heat but not everybody can do that and they need some assistance every once and a while to be able to pay their bills and keep them safe in their homes. So we do it to raise awareness - get the community involved.”

 

Runner Alex Diaz was among the participants who also had some personal goals in mind. “I’m ready to actually be someone, to get my running season started,” he said. “My main race is not until May so I’m ready to actually focus on myself and do the thing I’ve always wanted to do. My mission is actually to do a half-marathon again and beat my time under two hours.”

 

OPPD, MUD and Black Hills Energy organize the event. Then the sponsors are lined-up to raise the money that goes into the energy-assistance programs.

Original post: http://www.wowt.com/content/news/Feet-lend-a-hand-to-the-arms-of-charity-415393713.html

Jim Begley and Tracey Christensen visit MidDay News

WOWT, March 2, 2017

Watch the interview here: https://www.facebook.com/jsheftekake/videos/661639090689009/ 

Heat the Streets race helps locals who struggle with energy bills

Live Well Nebraska, February 27 , 2017

February may have brought a heat wave to Omaha, but some residents still struggle with energy-related bills.

Funds from the Heat the Streets Run and Walk for Warmth, set for Saturday, will go to families who need help with their utility bills.

 

“For people who suffer financial difficulties, it can happen in any month. It can happen to anybody. We just want people to be aware of the need,” said Judi Martin, chair of the event’s planning committee.

 

The event at Midtown Crossing, in its 10th year, features a 5K run and 1-mile walk. New this year is a 400-meter sprint at 10 a.m. The timed 5K starts at 9 a.m. The walk starts 15 minutes later.

 

After the races, participants are invited to Marcus Midtown Cinema, near 32nd and Farnam Streets, for hot chocolate and popcorn. There will also be prize drawings, raffles, a silent auction and announcing of race winners.

 

Organizers expect about 500 to attend. They typically see an even split between runners and walkers.

 

A snowy, cold day helps to illustrate the need, but Martin said more athletes come out in warmer weather. Temperatures are predicted to be in the mid-60s on race day with sunny skies, according to AccuWeather.

 

The fundraiser benefits energy assistance programs offered by Omaha Public Power District, Metropolitan Utilities District and Black Hills Energy. The programs help those in need pay part or all of their utility bills.

 

Cost is $35 for the 5K, $25 for the walk and $15 for the sprint. Online registration is open through Tuesday. Day-of registration will be available, though prices for each event will increase by $5.

 

Packet pickup details

Marcus Midtown Cinema on Friday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the day of the race from 7 to 9 a.m.

Heartland Focus with Tim Clark

WOWT, February 26, 2017

Click here for the interview: http://www.wowt.com/content/news/Heartland-Focus-for-Sunday-February-26-414811323.html

Carol Russell and Judi Martin chat with Crash Davis

101.9 The Keg, February 3, 2017

Hal Daub and Tracey Christensen join News Talk 1290

Omaha, Neb., January 31, 2017

Click here for the interview: https://soundcloud.com/1290koil/jan-31-hal-daub-and-tracey-christensen-on-heat-the-streets

The Morning Blend welcomes Jessica Heidebrecht

KMTV, January 25, 2017

Heat the Streets Run & Walk for Warmth set for March 4

Omaha, Neb., January 11, 2017

Saturday, March 4, 2017, is the date for the 10th annual Heat the Streets Run & Walk for Warmth fundraiser. In recognition of this milestone anniversary, past co-chairs have joined together to support the event. Honorary co-chairs for 2017 are Jim and Rebecca Begley, the Hon. Mike and Anne Boyle, the Hon. Hal and Mary Daub, the Hon. Tim and Tonee Gay, and Rick and Carol Russell.

 

This family-friendly fundraiser raises money to help Omaha area seniors, veterans and families who struggle to pay energy-related bills.

 

"During cold Omaha winters, some families in our community have to make a choice every month between food and a warm home. This event raises money to help people in this situation pay their energy bills and I am honored to help spread awareness of the event and this need," said Carol Russell. 

 

The timed 5K road race and one-mile walk will start and finish at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 33rd and Farnam Streets. The run starts at 9 a.m., followed immediately by the walk. For the first time, there will also be a 400-meter sprint. This quick event will be one time around the Midtown Crossing loop and will start at 10 a.m. Registration is open at www.heatthestreetsomaha.org.

 

Early registration is $30 for the 5K, $20 for the walk and $10 for the sprint. Pricing is good through January 20, after which rates will increase to $35, $25 and $15, respectively. Online registration closes February 28. Day-of registration increases to $40 for the 5K, $30 for the walk and $20 for the sprint.

The first 300 registrants will receive a fleece blanket and everyone is invited for popcorn, hot chocolate and award presentations at the Marcus Midtown Theater following the event.

 

For event information and registration details visit heatthestreetsomaha.org or Facebook at facebook.com/heatthestreetsomaha.

 

About the Common Fund of the Heartland

The Common Fund of the Heartland, a 501 (c)3 tax-deductible organization, administers the funds raised by the Heat the Streets Run and Walk for Warmth through five agencies: The Salvation Army, Heartland Family Services, United Way of the Midlands, Together and Family Housing Advisory Services. Donations also may be made through Omaha Community Foundation accounts.

About the Sponsors

In addition to event organizers Black Hills Energy, Metropolitan Utilities District and Omaha Public Power District, sponsors include: Midtown Crossing, NRG Media, and Metro Quarterly. A complete list of sponsors is on the event website.

Walkers, runners bring the heat to charity event to raise funds for energy assistance

Live Well Nebraska, March 5, 2016

The conditions were perfect Saturday morning for an event focused on raising funds to help those who struggle to keep the heat on in their homes.

 

The sun was shining, and it was not bitterly cold, but the chill in the 37-degree air at the 9 a.m. start provided a reminder about the need for assistance with energy bills, said Tracey Christensen, organizer of the 2016 Heat the Streets 5K Run and Walk for Warmth.

 

The event drew 401 registered participants, 141 for the race and 260 for the walk.

 

Christensen said it was an “enthusiastic crowd” and people seemed to enjoy the route. Walkers wound their way through the Midtown Crossing-Turner Park area while runners hit the streets in the surrounding Gold Coast neighborhoods.

 

Some people formed teams of co-workers or family members to cover the route together.

 

Participants gathered for awards, a raffle and refreshments afterward at the Marcus Midtown Cinema. Mitch Bern finished first in the run with a time of 18 minutes, 18 seconds. Janese Gockley was the top female finisher; her time was 22 minutes, 44 seconds.

 

Proceeds from registration fees, as well as other contributions and donations so far to this year’s campaign, put the total near $80,000, Christensen said.

 

The goal is to surpass $100,000 by the time the campaign ends in May. People can donate online at heatthestreetsomaha.org.

 

The utilities serving the Omaha area are the sponsors of the annual fundraiser. The Metropolitan Utilities District, Omaha Public Power District and Black Hills Energy partner with Common Fund of the Heartland agencies to distribute the proceeds in the form of energy assistance.

 

The funds raised are distributed to people, especially the elderly or disabled, who need help with a utility bill. The aid is available year-round, for heating, cooling or lighting needs.

 

Beyond help with utility bills, households that enroll in the program are eligible to receive financial counseling services.

 

Heat the Streets Run & Walk for Warmth

The Morning Blend, February 3, 2016

Click here for the interview: http://www.kmtv.com/the-morning-blend/heat-the-streets-run-walk-for-warmth-2316

2016 Heat the Streets Run Set for March 5th in Omaha

Strictly Business Magazine, February 1, 2016
 

Saturday, March 5, 2016 is the date for the 9th Annual Heat the Streets Run and Walk for Warmth fundraiser.

 

This timed 5K road race and one-mile walk raises money to help Omaha area seniors, veterans and families who struggle to pay energy-related bills.

 

The run and walk will start and finish at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 33rd and Farnam Streets. The run starts at 9 a.m., followed immediately by the walk. Registration is open at www.heatthestreetsomaha.org. Late registration the day of the event begins at 7 a.m.

 

Registration is $43 for the Run and $27 for the Walk. Online registration will close March 1. Late registration at the event increases to $50 for the Run and $35 for the Walk. All participants will receive a beanie and are invited for popcorn, hot chocolate and runner award presentations at the Marcus Midtown Theater at the end of the event.

 

The Common Fund of the Heartland, a 501 (c) 3 tax-deductible organization, administers the funds raised by the Heat the Streets Run and Walk for Warmth through five agencies: The Salvation Army, Heartland Family Services, United Way of the Midlands, Together and Family Housing Advisory Services. Donations also may be made through Omaha Community Foundation accounts.

 

Sponsors include Omaha Public Power District, Metropolitan Utilities District (M.U.D.) and Black Hills Energy.

 

More details can be found at heatthestreetsomaha.org and on Facebook at facebook.com/heatthestreetsomaha.


 

Walk for Warmth, braving the cold fundrasier and more planned

Omaha World-Herald, January 24, 2016

 

Walk for Warmth: The ninth annual Heat the Streets Run and Walk for Warmth fundraiser will be held March 5.

 

This timed 5K road race and one-mile walk raises money to help Omaha-area seniors, veterans and families who struggle to pay energy-related bills. The run and walk will start and finish at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 33rd and Farnam Streets.

 

The run starts at 9 a.m., followed immediately by the walk. Cost is $43 for the run and $27 for the walk before March 1. Late registration at the event begins at 7 a.m. and costs $50 for the run and $35 for the walk. The first 300 registered participants will receive a beanie and all are invited for popcorn, hot chocolate and award presentations at the Marcus Midtown Theater at the end of the event.

 

Find event information and registration details at heatthestreetsomaha.org and on Facebook at facebook.com/heatthestreetsomaha.

 

Braving the cold: Tim Garrison, chairman of the DeWitt, Nebraska, Area Recovery Team, and DeWitt Fire Chief Shawn Weise will sit in a jon boat — no matter the weather conditions — for 24 hours starting at 8 a.m. on Jan. 30.

 

The men are braving the elements to help raise funds for still-unmet needs from the early May flooding that inundated the DeWitt area. Flooding from Turkey and Swan Creeks and the Big Blue River damaged most of the homes in town.

 

The jon boat will be atop the Turkey Creek bridge south of DeWitt. People can stop and make a donation at the creek or send checks to BVCA (which is the Blue Valley Community Action partnership), 620 Fifth St., Fairbury NE 68352; reference DART, which is the DeWitt Area Recovery Team.

 

Additional questions can be addressed to Garrison at tpgarrison@diodecom.net or 402-683-4630 or 402-230-0749.

 

Softball fundraiser: Eat wings, have fun and raise funds for the College of St. Mary Flames softball team beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday. Just mention that you’re supporting CSM at Wild Wings at 4615 West Maple Road, and the restaurant will donate 10 percent of your bill to the softball team.

 

CASA advocates needed: Cass County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates training class will begin in February. CASA advocates commit to one year with a child, but seldom leave a case until it has been terminated. Each advocate is screened, trained and completes 30 hours of pre-service training.

 

Once trained, advocates are assigned under the Juvenile Court jurisdiction to speak up on behalf of a child to ensure the needs and interests of abused and neglected children are being met. For more information, call 402-296-9521 director@casscasa.org

 

 

2016 Heat the Streets Run is set for March 5

Omaha, Neb., January 13, 2016

 

Saturday, March 5, 2016 is the date for the 9th annual Heat the Streets Run and Walk for Warmth fundraiser.

 

This timed 5K road race and one-mile walk raises money to help Omaha area seniors, veterans and families who struggle to pay energy-related bills.

 

The run and walk will start and finish at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 33rd and Farnam Streets. The run starts at 9 a.m., followed immediately by the walk. Registration is open at www.heatthestreetsomaha.org. Late registration the day of the event begins at 7 a.m.

 

Registration is $43 for the run and $27 for the walk. Online registration will close March 1. Late registration at the event increases to $50 for the run and $35 for the walk. All participants are invited for popcorn, hot chocolate and runner award presentations at the Marcus Midtown Theater at the end of the event. The first 300 registrants will receive a beanie.

 

Heat the Streets Run and Walk for Warmth information and registration details and promotional information can be found at heatthestreetsomaha.org and on Facebook at facebook.com/heatthestreetsomaha.

 

“Experiencing cold weather reminds us that others don’t have the luxury of a warm home. Rebecca and I are eager to increase awareness of the need to help struggling families in our community,” said Jim Begley, vice chair for Metropolitan Utilities District (M.U.D.), who along with his wife, Rebecca, is honorary chair of the 2016 Heat the Streets campaign.

 

This year’s race will follow a challenging route through the historic Midtown and Field Club neighborhoods, past the Gerald Ford Birthplace and back to Midtown Crossing, according to Race Director Sandy Bikus, president of SwimBikusRun.

 

About the Common Fund of the Heartland

The Common Fund of the Heartland, a 501(c)3 tax-deductible organization, administers the funds raised by the Heat the Streets Run and Walk for Warmth through five agencies: The Salvation Army, Heartland Family Services, United Way of the Midlands, Together and Family Housing Advisory Services. Donations also may be made through Omaha Community Foundation accounts.

 

About the Sponsors

In addition to event organizers Omaha Public Power District, M.U.D. and Black Hills Energy, sponsors include: Midtown Crossing, NRG Media, Metro Quarterly and Cox Communications.

 
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