NW Natural program helps low-income families
Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action, serving Marion and Polk counties, was selected by NW Natural as the local distributor of the company's Gas Assistance Program, which helps pay for the heating bills of low-income families.
NW Natural gave away more than $150,000 this year toward GAP.
"GAP was started as a way for neighbors to help neighbors," said Von Summers, NW Natural community relations manager. "We know the need is out there, and we're fortunate to have the support of our customers in giving this gift of warmth."
Over the past 36 years, NW Natural's GAP has raised about $6 million for community action groups that distribute the funds directly to those in need. NW Natural covers the program's administrative costs so that 100 percent of the funds are donated.
Donation funds are distributed to community action networks, including the Mid-Willamette Valley one, which screen all low-income recipients.
Tax-deductible donations can be made via United Way through Aug. 31, 2019. Visit connect.unitedway-pdx.org/com/SinglePageRegPledge.jsp?DA=183376 or mail a check to: Gas Assistance Program, 619 SW 11th Ave., Room 300, Portland, OR 97205-2646.