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Gas Assistance Program helps low-income folks and seniors pay their winter heating bills

PMG FILE PHOTO - Through a NW Natural program that allows customers and shareholders to donate to its Gas Assistance Program (GAP), low-income families and seniors will again receive help with their winter heating bills.A Yamhill County agency is among the entities that will benefit from a longstanding program by NW Natural.

Through a program that allows customers and shareholders to donate to its Gas Assistance Program, low-income families and seniors will again receive help with their winter heating bills.

Yamhill County Action Partnership is among the agencies that will receive a portion of the more than $160,000 in funds available through the program.

"We're so grateful to our customers and the community who contributed to GAP to help their neighbors in need," Mary Moerlins, NW Natural director of environmental policy and corporate responsibility, said. "This year's giving season is now underway and we're committed to doing everything we can to help our customers who may need a helping hand this winter."

More than 770,000 customers in Oregon and southwest Washington contributed $160,000 to GAP, according to organizers, with shareholders matching the first $60,000 to bolster the program.

The company has raised more than $6.5 million for community action groups like YCAP since 1982, according to a press release from NW Natural.

The company, which serves more than 2 million people in more than 140 communities, has begun its next round of fundraising, which will continue through Aug. 31. Tax-deductible donations may be made via United Way at connect.unitedway-pdx.org/GAP or by mailing a check to: Gas Assistance Program, PO Box 35143 #4406, Seattle, WA 98124.


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