Since 1985, The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) has been the leading provider of utility assistance for low income families throughout the state of Michigan. Our mission is to stabilize and empower Michigan families, keeping them healthy, safe and warm.
As you know, Michigan winters can be extremely cold and THAW strives to make sure that families do not have to make a decision between putting food on the table and heating their homes for their family.
Recently, THAW took a survey of the customers that we serve and we found that over 50% have at one point used an unauthorized heating element to heat their home, this would be a space heater, the oven or kerosene. We want to make sure that no Michigan resident puts their family in danger to stay in warm in their homes.
Over 50% of the customers that we help are employed but many are underemployed and find themselves needing car repairs, payment for a medical bill or other unavoidable home repair. They often have to make a choice and that will put them behind in their utility service and facing a shut off.
THAW works with families throughout the state of Michigan and will travel to meet the customer where they live. We host over 50 Customer Assistance Days, where our team travels into the communities to help our customers fill out and process their applications. We host Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Days to teach customers how to change their energy usage to save money.
Our long team goal is to help create stability in the home so that families can stay together, children can go to school and have the ability to cook meals in their homes.
Each year we run out of funding available for Michigan families because the need in our communities is so great. We want to raise funds so that we never have to turn someone away that needs help because each person we serve is someone's grandmother, grandfather, sister, neighbor or friend.