Customers’ Generosity Strengthens Gas Assistance Program

Media Contact: Melissa Moore, NW Natural melissa.moore@nwnatural.com, 503-818-9845 (pager)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 8, 2015

 

Customers’ Generosity Strengthens Gas Assistance Program

PORTLAND, Ore. — NW Natural’s (NYSE:NWN) Gas Assistance Program (GAP) raised more than $171,000 this year thanks to generous donations from customers, Meyer Memorial Trust and NW Natural shareholders.

“Each winter, people in our community struggle to keep the heat on,” said Von Summers, NW Natural community affairs manager. “Our GAP program is here to help those low-income families with their natural gas payments when state and federal assistance runs out.”

NW Natural started the GAP energy assistance program 33 years ago. Since that time, customers, private grants and company shareholders have donated nearly $5.7 million to keep thousands of people warm in the winter.

The GAP year runs from October 1 to August 31. So the new year of giving has now started. NW Natural asks customers to continue joining shareholders in making donations to keep the program going strong. “NW Natural covers all administrative costs so that every dollar donated goes to local community action agencies who distribute the funds,” added Summers. The list of agencies and their counties includes:

  • Self Enhancement, Inc. – Multnomah
  • Community Action Organization – Washington
  • Community Action Team, Inc. – Clatsop, Columbia
  • Clackamas County Social Services Division – Clackamas
  • Community Services Consortium – Benton, Lincoln, Linn
  • Yamhill Community Action Partnership – Yamhill
  • Lane County Human Services Commission – Lane
  • Human Solutions, Inc. – Multnomah
  • Impact Northwest – Multnomah
  • Mid-Columbia Community Action Council – Hood River, Wasco, Sherman
  • Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action -- Marion, Polk
  • Clark Public Utility District – Clark
  • Oregon Coast Community Action – Coos Bay
  • Washington Gorge Action Programs – Klickitat, Skamania

To make a tax-deductible donation, visit connect.unitedway-pdx.org/GAP or mail a check to:

Gas Assistance Program
619 SW 11th Ave., Room 300
Portland, OR 97205

About NW Natural

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 707,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.

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