NW Natural Chooses Five Local Nonprofits for Major Contributions

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September 21, 2016


NW Natural Chooses Five Local Nonprofits for Major Contributions

Company makes three year commitment to children at risk, safety and the environment

PORTLAND, Ore. — NW Natural (NYSE:NWN), has selected five nonprofit partners for its Programs of Focus: American Red Cross Cascades Chapter, Bridge Meadows, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children, Janus Youth Programs and SOLVE.

Each program will receive $35,000 in annual support for the next three years (2017‒2019), as well as volunteer service and in-kind donations from NW Natural and its employees. The programs were selected from more than 20 nonprofit applicants.

“We’re pleased to offer long-term support to five nonprofits that provide critical services to our communities,” said Von Summers, NW Natural senior manager of Community Relations. “This year we’ve focused in particular on organizations that address the pressing needs of at-risk children in Oregon and Southwest Washington.”

Since 2003, NW Natural has donated more than $2 million to nonprofits through Programs of Focus. Funds come from the company’s Corporate Philanthropy Program, which is supported by shareholder funds.


American Red Cross–Cascades Region (http://www.redcross.org/local/oregon/) 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 we maintain a safe and stable blood supply for patients in need. The Red Cross was a Program of Focus for the 2014‒2016 funding period.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Multnomah, Washington & Columbia Counties (http://www.casahelpskids.org) 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.

Bridge Meadows (http://www.bridgemeadows.org) 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.

Janus Youth Programs (http://www.janusyouth.org) 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 (http://solveoregon.org) 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.

About NW Natural

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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