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 29 years later, the number of Michigan households facing huge energy burdens is staggering.
THAW, an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, distributes assistance to vulnerable Michigan residents through over 70 agency partners and a series of annual mobile processing events. The number of households that need utility assistance continues to grow each year. Last year THAW distributed nearly $25 million in energy assistance to 26,000 Michigan households, and we could not have done that without your help.
Since its inception in 1985, THAW has distributed more than $145 million in assistance to more than 200,000 Michigan households.