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

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Pacific Power announces grants to support Washington safety, health and wellness programs 

Funding helps organizations deliver vital programs to families, youth and vulnerable communities

 

YAKIMA, Wash. (May 12, 2022) — Throughout Washington, 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 Toni Petty, Pacific Power regional business manager, Washington. "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 14 grants were given to local Washington organizations:

 

  • Blue Mountain Health Cooperative for expansion of the education library to include new training for mental health clinicians so they can better serve diverse populations, support clients traumatized by the pandemic and learn advanced therapy techniques. 
  • Camp Prime Time for camperships to help more children living with special needs or serious illnesses and their families enjoy a specialized camp experience at no cost. 
  • Free2Luv to help fund workshops and mental-health activity books to help racially diverse, low-income, displaced, LGBTQ+ and foster youth, ages 10-20, throughout Yakima County learn mental health tools to deal with anxiety, depression, trauma and suicidal thoughts.
  • The Health Center for journals, therapy books, toys and other materials for use in mental health counseling for students.
  • Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care for expansion of its pediatric palliative care program to support seriously ill children and their families. 
  • Hope Street for a wellness program for the Hope Street Recovery Residence, including exercise and fitness activities, nutritional counseling and sleep education. 
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness of Washington for mental health education outreach programs focused on middle school, high school and college students. 
  • Office Moms & Dads to increase support for vulnerable children entering foster care in Walla Walla County, including recruiting new volunteers, who provide caring companionship during the intake process, as well as clothing, food, diapers and other essential supplies. 
  • Rod’s House for the Young Adult Extreme Weather Shelter that provides safe overnight options for young adults ages 18-24, tailored to their developmental needs, to help them survive the coldest winter months and access community services. 
  • SonBridge Center for Better Living for mental health support groups, which have played a critical role during COVID-19.
  • Union Gospel Mission of Yakima to support the adult emergency shelter that provides a safe, low-barrier alternative to street homelessness. 
  • Walla Walla Pickleball Association for completion of eight pickleball courts at the Mill Creek Sports Complex to provide more healthy recreation opportunities for all ages. 
  • Walla Walla Senior Citizens Center to serve seniors fresh, healthy meals, the demand for which doubled during the pandemic through a new COVID-safe drive-up window as well as Meals-On-Wheels deliveries. 
  • YWCA for the purchase of a color laser printer/copier to help survivors of domestic violence, who live in YWCA shelters or come in for services, when they need color copies of protection forms or other legal documents required by the court system. 

 

 

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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