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News Release
Pacific Power announces grants to support Portland-area safety, health and wellness programs - 05/12/22

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Pacific Power announces grants to support Portland-area safety, health and wellness programs 

Funding helps organizationsdeliver vital programs to families, youth and vulnerable communities

 

PORTLAND, Ore. (May 12, 2022) — Throughout the Portland area, the safety and wellness of the community often begin with some of the hardest-working organizations, those focused on delivering services and programs that offer accessible food and housing, healthcare and mental health support, as well as disaster relief and public safety programs. Their work supports the region's most vulnerable communities, many of which have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

As part of its quarterly grant-giving, the Pacific Power Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Pacific Power, has announced $314,952 in new funding to directly support community organizations across the three states it serves. These safety and wellness grants are one of four grant cycles offered by the foundation year after year.

 

"We're proud to collaborate with our communities to build a strong, resilient future together," said Bob Gravely, Pacific Power regional business manager, Portland metro area. "These organizations are our local heroes – working tirelessly to deliver safety, health and wellness programs to neighbors in our communities, and we're honored to support their work." 

 

The following 27 grants were given to local Portland-area organizations:

 

  • Albertina Kerr Centers to support employment services that provide opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to gain the skills they need to be career-ready, participate in the workforce, and pursue work that enriches their lives. 
  • American Red Cross Cascades Region for wildfire disaster support, including shelters, meals, and other relief and recovery assistance, to help communities across the state affected by fires. 
  • Black Parent Initiative to support a community health team to oversee COVID-19 response, the Black Family Resource Center that provides educational resources and advocacy support, and the Sacred Roots mobile doula and lactation services to support African American, African, Black and African American Multiracial mothers. 
  • Blanchet House of Hospitality for expansion of clothing and hygiene support services for housing- and food-insecure communities. 
  • Boy Scouts of America – Cascades Pacific Council for scholarships to help boys and girls from low-income and at-risk backgrounds participate in the healthy outdoor experiences that scouting offers. 
  • Bradley Angle for operational support to provide critical assistance to survivors of domestic violence. 
  • The Cupcake Girls to support financial assistance for survivors of sex trafficking and domestic violence, providing emergency help with safe housing, grocery, gas, medical and other expenses.
  • Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon to support the Northeast Emergency Food Program, Oregon Food Bank’s most active food pantry, that has served more than one million clients since the start of the pandemic. 
  • Friendly House for the SAGE Metro Portland program to help LGBT+ older adults maintain their independence in their homes with case management, information and referral services, transportation assistance, essential supplies and virtual community-building programs.
  • Hand Up Project for The People’s Pantry, a food pantry open to everyone but catering to the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities, which both suffer high rates of food insecurity. 
  • Hood River County Christmas Project to purchase food cards from local grocery stores to allow families who receive a food-aid box of pantry supplies to also purchase fresh produce and protein for their holiday celebration. 
  • Impact NW for homelessness prevention services for families with children, including rental assistance, clothing and transportation as well as services such as addiction recover and parenting support. 
  • Kinship House to provide mental health therapy to more than 400 children in foster care in the Portland Metro Area to help create stable, healthy futures. 
  • Legacy Oregon Burn Center to support burn education and prevention programs to help prevent burns among children, adults, seniors and high-risk professionals throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. 
  • Meals On Wheels People for the Senior Preparedness, Emergency Action & Resilience Project to develop and disseminate senior-friendly disaster supply kits for isolated older adults who are particularly vulnerable when catastrophes strike. 
  • Oregon Food Bank to help create just, equitable and sustainable food systems to better serve BIPOC communities, immigrants and refugees, single mothers and transgender and gender-nonconforming community members. 
  • Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon to address the rate of hunger in Oregon that has doubled since the start of the pandemic by ensuring every eligible student in the state can access school meals, and to expand and make permanent pandemic food programs that help low-income families when schools are closed.
  • Portland Backpack to provide food sacks to 1,000 food-insecure students each weekend at 10 public elementary schools. 
  • Portland Fruit Tree Project for coordination of Healing Harvests to address historical inequities and create safe spaces for Black community members to join harvesting efforts and experience connections to food, soil and community. 
  • Portland Rescue Mission for the purchase of a new box truck to be used for transporting thousands of pounds of donations of in-kind foods and supplies to multiple service sites to assist thousands of people struggling with homelessness, hunger and hardship. 
  • Portland Street Medicine to bring quality medical care and comfort to Portlanders who are facing unstable housing or sleeping on the street. 
  • Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation for CARES Northwest’s Child Abuse Prevention program, which includes training middle-school teachers on a violence-prevention curriculum. 
  • Rebuilding Together Portland for critical home repairs and safety modifications for more than 80 low-income homeowners with disabilities throughout Portland. 
  • Returning Veterans Project for the Volunteer Provider Expansion Program that will allow the organization to provide no-cost critical health care services to 40-50 more veterans, service members and their families when they need support. 
  • Sexual Assault Resource Center for the creation of the only counseling service for sexual assault survivors and their families within Multnomah County. 
  • Store to Door to support the goal of completing 13,600 grocery deliveries and friendly visitations to 654 homebound seniors and persons living with disabilities, to bring nourishment, connection and dignity, and to support aging in place. 
  • Volunteers of America Oregon for support of the Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship, which each year helps Oregon high school seniors who have experienced the impacts of substance abuse at home. 

 

 

About the Pacific Power Foundation:

The Pacific Power Foundation is part of the PacifiCorp Foundation, one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 2 million customers in six Western states as Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming and Idaho) and Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California). The foundation’s mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Rocky Mountain Power and Pacific Power. Since it started in 1988, the PacifiCorp Foundation has awarded more than $60 million to nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/foundation.

 

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