NW Natural Supports Work of Local Youth Programs with More Than $37,000 in Grants

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September 23, 2015


NW Natural Supports Work of Local Youth Programs with More Than $37,000 in Grants

PORTLAND, Ore. — Like the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. As part of that village, NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is giving $37,000 in grants to five youth programs in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

“These local organizations are doing vital work to help nurture our children and ensure the success of the next generation,” said Von Summers, community affairs manager for NW Natural. “It’s a privilege to be able to support their efforts in this way.”

This year, NW Natural shareholders are awarding grants to the following youth organizations:

  • $12,000 Grant Recipient: Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest
    As part of the nation’s largest donor and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest provides children experiencing adversity with positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
  • $10,000 Grant Recipient: The Library Foundation of Multnomah County
    The Library Foundation enhances Multnomah County Library’s leadership, innovation and reach, helping the library address emerging community needs. NW Natural is a presenting sponsor of the popular Summer Reading program that supports early literacy for more than 100,000 children.
  • $5,000 Grant Recipient: ABC House
    Serving Benton and Linn counties, ABC House is a child abuse intervention center, offering child abuse assessment, treatment and support services, post-trauma counseling, and youth and adult educational programming.
  • $5,000 Grant Recipient: Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area
    Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area provides a powerful club experience that enables youth to successfully maneuver the obstacles in their lives and prepare them for a lifetime of success as adults equipped to make a difference in society.
  • $5,000 Grant Recipient: Bridge Meadows
    Bridge Meadows is a unique and innovative solution to the current foster care crisis. Located in the Portsmouth Neighborhood of Portland, Bridge Meadows is a three-generation housing community consisting of homes for adoptive families and apartments for elders 55 and older.

In addition to these five grants, NW Natural’s Corporate Philanthropy Fund gives to other regional youth programs, as well as nonprofits that support community health services, the environment, education, and arts and culture. These donations are made possible through the company’s shareholder-funded Corporate Philanthropy Fund, which gives more than $1 million to local nonprofit associations each year.

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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