NW Natural donates $35,000 to Critical Health and Human Services

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


November 29, 2016


NW Natural donates $35,000 to Critical Health and Human Services

PORTLAND, Ore. — NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) has contributed $35,000 from its Corporate Philanthropy Fund toward health and human services for at-risk populations in local communities.

In addition to health and human services, NW Natural shareholders donate more than $1 million each year to nonprofits in arts and culture, educational and youth programs, and initiatives to improve the environment.

"We're committed to helping improve the lives of community members who are at a fragile point in their lives," said Von Summers, community affairs manager for NW Natural. "One of our core values is caring, and we're able to live that out by donating to leading nonprofit service organizations which help with critical services."

This year, donation awards include the following organizations:

Big Brothers, Big Sisters ($10,000) The organization's mission is to provide children experiencing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

LifeWorks Northwest ($5,000) LifeWorks Northwest promotes a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive mental health and addiction services across the lifespan.

Medical Teams International ($5,000) The team provides medical and dental care, humanitarian aid, and holistic development programs to all people in need, regardless of religion, nationality, sex, or race.

Oregon Food Bank ($5,000) The food bank works to eliminate hunger in Oregon by addressing the root causes of hunger through public policy, nutrition and garden education, and public awareness.

Transition Projects ($5,000) The project helps people transition from homelessness to housing in the Portland metro area. The project assists more than 10,000 people each year through a broad array of services, resources, and tools.

Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation ($5,000) The foundation provides high-quality, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate primary health care to the communities of Washington and Yamhill Counties with a special emphasis on migrant and seasonal farmworkers and others with barriers to receiving health care.

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 718,000 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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