Help our neighbors stay safely housed and warm this winter.

Connecticut has the highest average electricity retail price among the Lower 48 states.

The average household bill is now about $199 per month

65% of WAIM’s Emergency Assistance Funds go to energy-related payments

CT has the 7th highest rent in the country.

9.3 million Americans are beneficiaries of housing assistance

The average employee increase in 2022 is 4.8%

Energy costs have increased by 10% since 2021

Average U.S. housing rent is 12.6% higher than in 2021

Walk for Warmth

  • Hundreds of low-income families, including many children in the region, confront the depletion of their deliverable fuel supply or the discontinuation of their electric or gas service every year - WAIM is there to assist.
  • Energy crises are one of the contributing factors of homelessness in our area.
  • Families who lose electric, gas, or oil service are also in danger of losing custody of their children.
  • Funds donated to the WAIM Private Energy Assistance program go directly to helping WAIM’s clients with emergency needs. Most of these funds are raised during the annual Walk for Warmth.
  • YOU CAN HELP us to ensure that our neighbors can live in heated homes with warm showers and hot meals throughout the coldest season of the year.

2023 Event Information:



Sunday, November 19, 2023


A two-mile walk around Willimantic departing from Temple Bnai Israel immediately after the Interfaith Service.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

  • 1:30 pm
  • Temple Bnai Israel
    383 Jackson Street, Willimantic


  • Online Registration (strongly encouraged)
  • Day-of Registration
    • Temple Bnai Israel
    • 12:30 – 2:15 pm

If you won’t be at the walk but want to donate

Checks should be addressed and mailed to:
WAIM, PO Box 221,
Willimantic, CT 06226

Thank you in advance for your support!

Walk for Warmth 2022

Other Seasonal Programs

Gifts for Teens

Gifts for Teens is the area’s only program that provides funds to ensure that teenagers from struggling families receive a gift for the holidays.

For Kids Only

WAIM provides an opportunity for children ages 5-12 to select a holiday gift for a parent, guardian, or adult caregiver.

Back to School (BTS)
Uniform Registration

Eligible families can register their children to receive school uniforms or a voucher for the purchase of a uniform for those attending kindergarten through eighth grade.

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