Pacific Power brings the HEAT to needier households

Lee van der Voo for Sustainable Business Oregon

Pacific Power said Wednesday it’s working with an area nonprofit to help needier families warm up their living spaces.

The utility is asking customers to contribute to the group Oregon HEAT, which provides emergency energy assistance to low-income families. Pacific Power is sticking contribution envelopes into customers’ November utility bills.

During its last program year, Pacific Power customers, employees and retirees donated more than $72,000 to Oregon HEAT. Pacific Power shareholders and the PacifiCorp Foundation donated $71,000-plus.

The money helped Oregon HEAT provide assistance to 6,000 residents statewide.

“While who needs assistance changes every year, the donations our customers, employees and retirees consistently make demonstrates their generosity and compassion for their neighbors,” said Pat Reiten, president and chief executive officer of Pacific Power.

“Thankfully, compassionate Oregonians donate to Oregon HEAT to help their neighbors facing severe economic challenges maintain basic daily needs such as heat and lights,” added Joan Towers, Oregon HEAT's executive director. “As we all prepare to face winter together with our many community partners, Oregon HEAT returns at least 90 cents of every donated dollar back into the communities to help families with very low incomes. Public contributions are crucial to thousands of individuals served.”

Along with the inserted envelope, customers can also choose a fixed donation program that allows customers to make their contributions throughout the year.

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