Even as COVID-19 vaccines roll out across the country, many communities are still facing challenges from the pandemic and the organizations that support them are still seeing unprecedented demand. In spite of the odds, local programs that address critical issues such as food insecurity, homelessness, domestic violence, child abuse, elder issues, mental health and community safety have continued to find creative new ways to deliver help quickly and safely, even while facing additional budget constraints.
As part of the company’s commitment to supporting its communities, PacifiCorp Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Pacific Power, is donating more than $525,000 across the six states it serves. The funding goes to support a total of 209 safety and wellness grants as part of the most recent round of quarterly grants provided by the foundation each year. The next grant cycle is now open through June 15; organizations may apply online at https://www.pacificpower.net/community/foundation.html
“We celebrate these heroic organizations that have continued to reinvent and reimagine ways they can help our communities’ most vulnerable,” said Alisa Dunlap, Pacific Power regional business manager for the Northern Oregon Coast. “Although we see brighter days ahead, Pacific Power remains deeply committed to supporting the work of these organizations, helping to fortify our communities, so they are strong and resilient.”
The following grants were given to North Coast organizations providing critical safety and wellness programs:
• Assistance League of the Columbia Pacific to support the Operation School Bell and Duffle Bag programs that assist a growing number of children in need in Clatsop County with clothing and toiletries.
• Clatsop Community Action for COVID-19 emergency food resources for children and families in Clatsop County.
• City of Cannon Beach to help construct housing for communication equipment for the Cannon Beach Medical Reserve Corps, which responds to the community in a disaster.
• Warrenton-Hammond School District to provide computers and Wi-Fi access for low-income families and support the food backpack program to better equip students for future success.
“Clatsop Community Action is here to help Clatsop County residents fulfill basic needs, from housing to food, from utility payment assistance to personal care and home-hygiene products. Grants and donations from agencies and individuals ensure that CCA can fulfill its mission of creating well-being and resilience for everyone in our community. Our connection with the agencies that serve the community helps to create a strong social safety net for all Clatsop County residents. The safety net strengthens as we work together and support each other,” said Dusten Martin, chief operations officer for CCA. “CCA extends gratitude and thanks to the Pacific Power Foundation for its financial support — we couldn’t do anything without help from our neighbors.”