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Yamhill County Action Partnership and other organizations around the Northwest benefitted from the largess of NW Natural and its customers last year via the company's energy assistance program

Yamhill County Action Partnership and other organizations around the Northwest benefitted from the largess of NW Natural and its customers last year via the company's energy assistance program.

More than $143,000 was meted to help low-income families and seniors pay their heating bills during the cold winter months, according to a release from the Portland-based company.

"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," Mary Moerlines, corporate citizen manager for the company, said. "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 current giving season extends through Aug. 31 and shareholders of the company will match the first $60,000 in Gas Assistance Program contributions. The donations can made via United Way at connect.unitedway-pdx.org/GAP or by mailing checks to Gas Assistance Program, 619 S.W. 11th Ave., Room 300, Portland, Oregon 97205.

Since its inception in 1982, the GAP has raised more than $6.3 million for community action groups that distribute funds directly to those in need; the company absorbs the administrative costs.


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