Mission

THAW provides hope and heat for those struggling this winter. Click below to hear their stories.

The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) is stabilizing and empowering Michigan families, keeping them healthy, safe and warm.

THAW, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, distributes assistance to vulnerable Michigan residents through 56 agency partners and a series of annual mobile processing events. The number of households that need utility assistance continues to grow each year. Last calendar year THAW distributed more than $12 million in utility assistance to over 10,000 Michigan households, and we could not have done that without your help.

Since its inception in 1985, THAW has distributed over $180 million in assistance to more than 240,000 Michigan households.

Whom We Help

Recipients of THAW assistance include the elderly, unemployed, underemployed and disabled individuals who found themselves in an energy crisis. More than 70% of the households we assist have a child or senior in the home. These populations are especially vulnerable to the cold.

Why We Help

Heat and electricity are essential and basic human needs during a Michigan winter. THAW was established in 1985 in order to improve the quality of life in Michigan and prevent human suffering by helping low-income families who were falling through the ever-widening cracks of existing social service programs. Now, more than 30 years later, the number of Michigan households facing huge energy burdens is staggering.