NW Natural’s Gas Assistance Program turns 41

Posted on December 7, 2023

Northwest Natural has been helping close the gap on winter bills for 41 years.

NW Natural – 12/07/23 12:07 PM

Portland, Ore.-This year NW Natural’s Gas Assistance Program (GAP) turns 41. Since 1982, GAP has raised more than $6.7 million on behalf of customers who face financial challenges. NW Natural customers, employees and shareholders all donate to the program, and a network of community action groups distribute the funds directly to those who need them, including low-income families and seniors. Over the years GAP has helped pay heating bills for more than 60,000 customers.

NW Natural’s customers and shareholders contributed $160,000 to the GAP program in the past year. This year, NW Natural shareholders will match the first $60,000 in contributions to the program. The company also covers all of GAP’s administrative costs so 100% of the funds can be donated to recipients.

This year’s GAP giving season is now open through August 31, 2024. Tax deductible donations can be made via United Way at https://connect.unitedway-pdx.org/gasassistance or mailing a check to: Gas Assistance Program, PO Box 35143 #4406, Seattle, WA 98124-5143.

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 is a local distribution company that currently provides natural gas service to approximately 2.5 million people in more than 140 communities through more than 795,000 meters in Oregon and Southwest Washington with one of the most modern pipeline systems in the nation. NW Natural consistently leads the industry with high J.D. Power & Associates customer satisfaction scores. NW Natural owns and operates 21 Bcf of underground gas storage capacity in Oregon. NW Natural, a part of Northwest Natural Holding Company, (NYSE: NWN) (NW Natural Holdings), is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and has been doing business for more than 160 years. NW Holdings owns NW Natural, NW Natural Renewables Holdings (NW Natural Renewables), NW Natural Water Company (NW Natural Water), and other business interests. We have a longstanding commitment to safety, environmental stewardship, and taking care of our employees and communities. Learn more in our latest ESG Report.

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