Who We Are

The Heat And Warmth Fund, THAW, is an independent non-profit (501(c)(3) agency that provides low-income individuals and families in Michigan with emergency energy assistance.

The number of households that need utility assistance continues to grow each year. Last year THAW distributed over $14 million in energy assistance to 15,000 Michigan households, and we could not have done that without your help.

Since its inception in 1985, THAW has distributed more than $125 million in assistance to more than 175,000 Michigan households.

Who 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. THAW programs are open to eligible Michigan residents. Click here for more information on eligibility.

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 28 years later, the number of Michigan households facing huge energy burdens is staggering.