For thousands of Michigan families, even their own home cannot protect them from the harshness of a Michigan winter. As temperatures drop, the cost to heat a home increases and, for many Michigan residents, energy is simply unaffordable. Soon many of our state’s most vulnerable citizens will be forced to make tough choices between heating their homes, paying their rent or mortgage, and taking care of other critical needs, such as buying food or medicine.
The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) has been providing energy assistance to Michigan residents in need since 1985. THAW works with 82 partner agencies across the state to deliver energy assistance for gas, electric and deliverable fuels such as wood and propane. In addition to providing emergency energy relief, THAW is developing prevention-based tools and programs to help at-risk families before they have to suffer the devastating effects of shut off.
Last year, THAW distributed more than $14 million in energy assistance to 15,000 Michigan households. More than 70% of those households had a child or senior in the home. The young and the elderly are especially vulnerable to the cold. More than 20,000 Michigan children lived in a household that received THAW assistance last year and 7,000 of those children were between newborn to preschool age.
Help us keep vulnerable residents safe and warm this winter by making a donation to THAW today. Thanks to your support a single mom will be able to provide warm meals for her children, a senior citizen won’t have to choose between medication or heat, a child will have light to do homework by and a family can feel safe and warm in their own home.
Every dollar you donate makes an immediate impact on the lives of those facing a winter without heat and lights. There are many ways you can support THAW. Together we can make a difference.
Mail: Department Number 77650, PO Box 77000, Detroit, MI 48227
If you are in need of assistance, call THAW’s toll-free number 1-800-866-8429 or visit http://www.thawfind.org to find the agency nearest you.
ITC supports THAW and has sponsored this message.
CBS 62 Chief Meteorologist Jim Madaus visited WWJ’s Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW The Heat and Warmth Fund at Art Fan Furniture in Warren on Friday, February 1.
The kitchen stove is good for many things – heating your home isn’t one of them.
“We have people in Michigan, unfortunately, who are making the choice of putting the right food on the table for their kids or keeping them warm,” Anderson said.
Burton’s dream? That the money lasts as long as the need this winter.
WWJ 950 will spur donations with a live THAW Radiothon 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Check http://www.CBSDetroit.com throughout that time for constant updates.
In conjunction with the WWJ Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW, donors are urged to stop by Art Van, 6500 East 14 Mile Road, to participate in activities and get special gifts.
CBS Detroit personalities served up piping hot coneys for a cause on Thursday, raising money for THAW, the Heat and Warmth Fund.
If you go to the auto show, consider donating some spare change to THAW, The Heat and Warmth Fund, at one of the auto show entrances.
During the 10th annual Winter Survival Radiothon to benefit THAW, The Heat and Warmth Fund, we are inviting participants to take a seat in WWJ’s Ice Lounge in the Art Van Furniture parking lot and fund raise for THAW.