Detroit- Yesterday THAW (The Heating and Warmth Fund) announced it will be able to help up to 1,500 homes or more with delinquent water bills and that are facing water shut-offs. This $1 million gift is the largest private the organization has ever received. Where did this very generous gift come from? The answer…Miller Buckfire. Miller Buckfire is an internationally recognized investment bank that  focuses on helping clients address complex transformational issues such as recapitalizations, restructurings, acquisitions and divestitures, and financings transactions.


Source: Jupiterimages / Getty

Read excepts from the press release below and the contact number if you are in need assistance.

DETROIT – The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) announced today that it has received the single largest non-utility, private gift in the organization’s history. THAW accepted a $1 million donation from Miller Buckfire & Co., a New York-based investment banking firm, to provide water assistance to Detroit residents in need. The announcement was made today by THAW CEO, Saunteel Jenkins.

The foremost emergency energy assistance agency in Michigan with leading capacity and efficiency in delivering aid, THAW was approached last summer by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) with a pilot program to administer the Detroit Residential Water Assistance Program (DRWAP). THAW successfully served more than 700 Detroit residents through DRWAP.

Miller Buckfire’s donation will enable THAW to create a new water assistance program and assist thousands of Detroiters. The program is expected to launch on June 1, 2015.

“This donation from Miller Buckfire & Co. will allow THAW to expand its utility assistance for Detroit residents,” said Jenkins. “THAW recognizes that countless families struggle to pay multiple utility bills. Miller Buckfire & Co.’s donation will allow THAW to provide additional utility assistance that will help stabilize many households.”

Detroit residents can apply for the THAW water assistance program online at or by calling 1-800-866-8429 (THAW).

$1 MILLION TO PAY DETROITERS WATER BILLS was originally published on

Also On Hot 107.5: