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Fund drive aims to raise $140,000 in home-heating assistance


A campaign to fuel home-heating assistance across central and northern Michigan will return this winter.

Warm Hearts, Warm Homes provided $70,000 to assist with winter heating bills in its first two years and hopes to double that number this year.

Money pledged by CMU Public Radio listeners from Dec. 9 - 12 will be matched by Consumers Energy and Isabella Bank, both who are partners to the campaign.

“Thousands of people are in need of home heating assistance every year in our listening area,” said Ken Kolbe, general manager of CMU Public Broadcasting, in a press release. “The combined generosity of Consumers Energy, Isabella Bank, CMU Public Radio listener support and MCA’s established network of those in need, provides an impactful avenue to help our neighbors.”

The matching funds are distributed back to the CMU Public Radio donors’ local community based on the zip code of the person making the pledge.

Those interested in donating to Warm Hearts, Warm Homes can call 800-999-5656 until Dec. 12, or by going to