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.
THAW, an independent 501(c)3 non-profit 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 250,000 Michigan households.