#Charituesday Contest – Lighthouse of Michigan vs. The Heat and Warmth Fund

Join us in participating with this week’s #Charituesday contest!  We’ve chosen two non-profit organizations from the Fox 2 Gift Giving Guide for a chance to win a $1,000 gift certificate to Gardner-White!  No matter what, both organizations will receive at least a $500 gift certificate to Gardner-White – however – the winning organization will receive a $1,000 gift certificate!  Vote for your favorite organization below and join us by donating benefit to our community. #GWCommunityHelp

(VOTE ONCE PER DAY FROM 5/21/19 AT 10:00 A.M. THROUGH 5/28/19 AT 10:00 A.M.)

Lighthouse of Michigan

Lighthouse of Michigan was established in 2019 when Lighthouse of Oakland County and South Oakland Shelter combined forces and merged agencies. LOC was founded in 1972 and started with a group of volunteers who provided food and clothing from the back door of a local church. SOS was established in 1985 by seven religious congregations in Oakland County. The new Lighthouse will leverage the best of both agencies, providing direct services (food, shelter, rental/utility and other financial assistance, clothing, crisis referrals) and stability and housing programs that develop and support self-sufficiency. 

With over 80 years of combined experience, Lighthouse aims to be a Beacon of Hope to our neighbors who need us the most. Families turn to us seeking support for the most basic of needs such as food or shelter. Many of these people are seeking help for the first time. Lighthouse’s vision is to solve the problems of poverty and homelessness by building affordable housing in local communities and by providing people with the resources, relationships, and skills they need to better themselves.

AREAS SERVED: Oakland County


– Non-perishable food items
– Seasonal clothing
– New socks and underwear
– Unopened toiletries
– Household cleaning supplies

VOLUNTEERS ACCEPTED?Yes, our agency accepts volunteers.

– Transportation support
– Emergency shelter support
– Life skills classes
– Sorting clothing & food donations
– Tutoring & mentoring
– Special events

AGE OF VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers of all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult).

The Heat and Warmth Fund

The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) is a nonprofit organization that stabilizes and empowers Michigan families, keeping them healthy, safe and warm. 

Each year, thousands of struggling families in an energy crisis turn to THAW for help. We accept applications online and meet with our customers at community assistance events, in our Detroit office, and at various partner agency sites and schools throughout the state. 

THAW provides gas, electric, and water assistance; helps coordinate the delivery of fuels like propane and wood pellets; refers customers to additional services; and holds energy efficiency workshops. We also develop programs to move customers from crisis to self-sufficiency.

AREAS SERVED: State of Michigan


– White copy paper and gift cards to office supply stores
– Crayola color wonder markers and paper for children waiting in our lobby
– Large literature rack to hold informational material in our lobby
– Laptops, Microsoft Surface tablets, portable scanners, copy machines, printers, and telephone equipment for mobile assistance events and fundraising events
– Auction items for annual fundraisers

VOLUNTEERS ACCEPTED?Yes, our agency accepts volunteers.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Volunteers are needed at various fundraising events during our Week of Warmth, scheduled for early November.

AGE OF VOLUNTEERS: Adults 18 and older 

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