Image Source: By YouraPechkin | Photographer's Choice | Getty Images
Image Source: By YouraPechkin | Photographer’s Choice | Getty Images

Team NaFFAA-Michigan (National Federation of Filipino-American Associations, Michigan chapter) participated in the 23rd “Annual Walk for Warmth” held indoor on Feb. 23, 2013 at the Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills.

The walkers included NaFFAA Treasurer Fe San Agustin, NaFFAA Parliamentarian Gene Derayunan and this writer, who is NaFFAA-Michigan chairperson.

Team NaFFAA has been supporting this event since 2006 by fielding walkers and donating funds.

The Walk for Warmth is a walk-a-thon hosted by the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency (OLHSA), a community agency which serves as a catalyst to improve the well being of the community it serves by reducing the causes and effects of poverty.

The beneficiaries of the event are residents of Oakland and Livingston counties.

The residents can benefit from the “Emergency Utility Assistance” program, which is funded with contributions from this walk for a cause.

In fact, there are other several walk events across the country to raise awareness of this important cause. Some residents are sometimes faced with electricity or water shutoff, and they can turn to OLHSA for help.

The fund aid is made available throughout the year and  not only in time of utility emergency during the winter months.

The activities for the February 23 Walk for Warmth 2013 included entertainment and freebees like a T-shirt and refreshment.

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Willie is a teacher at the Detroit Public School. A very popular and influential leader in the Filipino-American community in Michigan, Dechavez is the incumbent Michigan state chairperson of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA) and public relations officer of both the Filipino-American Community Council (FILAMCCO) and the Philippine American Community Center (PACCM). A native of Sorsogon, Philippines, he is also vice president of the Bicol Association of Michigan. He is recipient of numerous awards.


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