Helping Neighbors Heat Homes: NW Natural's Gas Assistance Program Gives $143,000

New giving season underway to help those in need

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November 15, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. —  This past year NW Natural customers and shareholders contributed more than $143,000 to the Gas Assistance Program to help low-income families and seniors in the Pacific Northwest pay their heating bills during the cold winter months. 
"Thanks to the generosity of our customers and the support of community action networks, we’ve been able to help those most in need with their heating costs for the past 37 years,” said Mary Moerlins, NW Natural corporate citizen manager. “We know the need will be great again this coming year so we’re committed to helping raise funds and match the first $60,000 in contributions this giving season.”
The new giving season is underway now through Aug. 31, 2020. NW Natural shareholders will match the first $60,000 in GAP contributions. Tax-deductible donations can be made via United Way at or mailing a check to: Gas Assistance Program, 619 SW 11th Ave., Room 300, Portland, Oregon 97205-2646.
Also this season, in support of GAP, NW Natural is proudly sponsoring Christmas in the Garden at the Oregon Garden in historic Silverton, Oregon, where NW Natural employees will be onsite Dec. 14-15, 5-9 p.m., giving out holiday treats and GAP program information.
Since it began in 1982, NW Natural’s GAP has raised more than $6.3 million for community action groups that distribute the funds directly to those in need. NW Natural covers programs administrative costs so 100% of the funds can be donated.
Donation funds are distributed to the following community action networks, which screen all low-income recipients:
  • Clackamas County Social Services Division – Clackamas County
  • Clark Public Utilities District – Clark County
  • Community Action Organization – Washington County
  • Community Action Team, Inc. – Clatsop and Columbia Counties
  • Community Services Consortium – Benton, Lincoln and Linn Counties
  • Human Solutions, Inc. – Multnomah County
  • Impact Northwest – Multnomah County
  • Lane County Human Services Commission – Lane County
  • Mid-Columbia Community Action Council – Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties
  • Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action – Marion and Polk Counties
  • Self Enhancement, Inc. – Multnomah County
  • Yamhill Community Action Partnership – Yamhill County
About NW Natural

NW Natural provides natural gas service to approximately 2.5 million people in more than 140 communities through 750,000 meters in Oregon and Southwest Washington with one of the most modern pipeline systems in the nation. It consistently leads the industry with high J.D. Power & Associates customer satisfaction scores. NW Natural is part of Northwest Natural Holding Company, (NYSE: NWN) (NW Natural Holdings), which is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and owns NW Natural, NW Natural Water Company, and other business interests and activities.