A few ways we help strengthen Pacific Northwest communities
>> The Gas Assistance Program
For more than 30 years, NW Natural’s Gas Assistance Program (GAP) has helped thousands of people in need to pay their heating bills. GAP is a low-income energy assistance program that is all about neighbors helping each other. We encourage our customers and local companies to make donations, and our shareholders make a donation and pay all administrative fees. The program has raised more than $5.7 million over time to help people stay warm during the wintertime. The funds are dispersed to customers in need through Community Action Networks.
Make a tax deductible donation today, by donating online through United Way or by mailing a check to:
Gas Assistance Program
619 SW 11th Ave., Room 300
Portland, Oregon 97205-2646
>> Nonprofit Programs of Focus
NW Natural’s Philanthropic Programs of Focus provide ongoing support to a select group of nonprofits. Organizations are selected through a review process that considers mission, service area, effectiveness, impact of sustained funding, volunteer opportunities and more. Priority is given to nonprofits serving children and families at risk. Additionally at least one nonprofit partner will be focused on environmental stewardship.
Current programs in the 2017-2019 funding cycle include American Red Cross Cascades Chapter, Bridge Meadows, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children, Janus Youth Programs and SOLVE. Each receives $35,000 in cash and in-kind support annually, in addition to volunteer service from NW Natural employees.
Since 2003, NW Natural has donated more than $2 million to its Programs of Focus from the company’s Corporate Philanthropy Program, which is supported by shareholder funds. Past recipients include Forest Park Conservancy, Friends of the Children, Oregon Food Bank, Start Making A Reader Today (SMART) and others.
Here is more information about the 2017-2019 Programs of Focus:
The American Red Cross Cascades Region includes Oregon and Southwest Washington. Approximately 2,500 volunteers provide response, relief and recovery services; save lives through health and safety training; provide assistance to active military members, their families and local veterans; and ensure a safe and stable blood supply for patients in need. The Red Cross was a Program of Focus for the 2014‒2016 funding period as well.
Bridge Meadows develops and sustains intentional, intergenerational neighborhoods for former foster youth, adoptive families and low-income elders, building place, permanence and purpose one community at a time. Bridge Meadows’ North Portland development opened to its first residents in 2011; a second development in Beaverton is scheduled to open in 2017.
When an abused or neglected child is going through the trauma of the foster care system, a volunteer CASA advocate is works to guide them through safely, quickly and effectively. CASA for Children recruits, trains and supports citizen volunteers to provide quality advocacy for as many children as possible. CASA was a Program of Focus for the 2014‒2016 funding period as well.
Janus Youth Programs serve more than 6,000 at-risk children, youth and families each year, providing a second chance to kids who have few resources and no place to turn for help. Since 1972, Janus has grown to become one of the largest nonprofits in the Northwest, operating more than 40 different programs that span Oregon and Washington.
SOLVE is a statewide nonprofit organization that takes action every day to keep Oregon clean and green. It mobilizes over 35,000 volunteers and organizes over 1,000 cleanup and restoration projects throughout the state each year. SOLVE’s mission is to bring Oregonians together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship.