Last year, the UAW and Ford partnered to combat the shortage of personal protective equipment and medical supplies across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. UAW members volunteered to return to work in order to produce masks, ventilators, and other supplies to combat the spread of the virus. Since then, the partnership has provided 120 million masks to first responders, schools, local governments and organizations across the country. In addition, they have distributed 22.5 million face shields, 50,000 ventilators, 32,000 respirators and 1.6 million isolation gowns. This equipment continues to protect essential workers and communities across the country. We applaud the UAW members who helped to make it happen.

Check out these tweets from people across the country who have been impacted by these donations:


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021 | 5 A.M. – 7 P.M.

Returning for the 18th year, The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) will partner with WWJ Newsradio 950 for the Winter Survival Radiothon on February 12, 2021. Since 2003, listeners have helped raise over $20 million for THAW families!

For 35 years, THAW has been a leading provider of utility assistance statewide and has distributed over 250 million dollars in assistance to over 275,000 households. Every winter, families struggle to keep their heat and electricity on. This winter is no different, and the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many to remain home and consume
additional heat, electricity, and water for remote work and learning.

The Winter Survival Radiothon includes:

  • Radio personalities highlighting THAW’s work throughout the state.
  • Personal stories and reflections from families benefiting from THAW’s services.
  • Incentives for call-in donors.
  • An online auction February 8 – February 15.
  • The new Power Forward Emerging Leaders Council

For more information, contact Liz Klos at or 313.348.3108.


Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer, UAW

What is the distance a good deed can travel? What does a warm bowl of soup mean? What does a warm bed mean? A new bike or a kind gesture from a stranger?

All these things are small in and of themselves, but the smallest gesture to someone in need can move all the markers. If you are cold and someone offers you a warm sleeping bag, is there a measure for that? If you are hungry, and someone gives you a warm meal, how far does that go? To anyone who has suffered, who has been in need or has seen their children go hungry, how far does a helping hand go? I would say it reaches all of us — it goes all the way to making the world a better place.

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