This past year, NW Natural customers and shareholders contributed more than $143,000 to the Gas Assistance Program (GAP) to help low-income families and seniors in the Pacific Northwest pay their heating bills during the cold winter months.
“Thanks to the generosity of our customers and the support of community action networks, we’ve been able to help those most in need with their heating costs for the past 37 years,” said Mary Moerlins, NW Natural corporate citizen manager, in a press release. “We know the need will be great again this coming year, so we’re committed to helping raise funds and match the first $60,000 in contributions this giving season.”
The new giving season is underway now through Aug. 31. 2020. NW Natural shareholders will match the first $60,000 in GAP contributions. Tax-deductible donations can be made via United Way at connect.unitedway-pdx.org/GAP or mailing a check to: Gas Assistance Program, 619 SW 11th Ave., Room 300, Portland, Oregon 97205.
This season, in support of GAP, NW natural is proudly sponsoring Christmas in the Garden in historic Silverton, where NW Natural employees will be onsite from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 – Sunday, Dec. 15, giving out holiday treats and GAP program information.
Since it began in 1982, NW Natural’s GAP has raised more than $6.3 million for community action groups that distribute the funds directly to those in need. NW Natural covers programs administrative costs so 100 percent of the funds can be donated.
Donations funds are distributed to the following community action networks, which screen all low-income recipients:
Clackamas County Social Services Division – Clackamas County
Clark Public Utilities District – Clark County
Community Action Organization – Washington County
Community Action Team, Inc. – Clatsop and Columbia Counties
Community Services Consortium – Benton, Lincoln and Linn Counties
Human Solutions, Inc. – Multnomah County
Impact Northwest – Multnomah County
Lane County Human Services Commission – Lane County
Mi-Columbia Community Action Council – Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties
Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action – Marion and Polk Counties
Self Enhancement, Inc. – Multnomah County
Yamhill Community Action Partnership – Yamhill County