Providing heating assistance to Michigan families
Detroit – UAW President Rory L. Gamble has been unanimously elected to serve on the Board of Directors of THAW, The Heat and Warmth Fund, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, that has been helping to keep Michigan families warm through utility assistance since 1985. THAW provides assistance to vulnerable Michigan residents through 39 agency partners and a series of annual mobile processing events.
Since its inception in 1985, THAW has distributed over $190 million in assistance to more than 256,000 Michigan households. Last year, THAW distributed more than $15 million in utility assistance to nearly 18,000 Michigan households, helping families stay warm in the winter and protecting them against water shutoffs.
“The work of THAW to help protect families and keep them warm and safe is life-saving work,” said Rory L. Gamble, president of the UAW. “I’m proud to continue the UAW tradition, enshrined in our Constitution, to give back to the community and I’m especially proud of the tireless work that THAW does every day, helping to keep homes warm and water running for Michigan families. These services are fundamental and so necessary, especially in these difficult times, to the wellbeing of our communities.”
Gamble has a long-standing commitment to good works and community projects in his more than 40 years with the UAW, and as president is continuing and reinvigorating the union’s fundamental tradition of supporting families and communities in need.
“Over time, the structure may change in how we do things, but the heart and soul of this union giving back to our communities is as strong as it ever was,” said Gamble. “UAW members understand that our community work is an integral part of our core values as a union. Giving back is at the heart of the UAW culture and among our proudest achievements. And in this time of great need, we are so proud to be able to step up and help.”
Recipients of THAW assistance include the elderly, unemployed, underemployed and disabled individuals who find themselves in an energy crisis. More than 70% of the households assisted have a child or senior in the home.
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