Pacific Power announces new grants to support Southern Oregon and Northern California communities this spring

Grants were awarded to food security, safety and wellness initiatives aimed at strengthening the region as the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuilding from the Labor Day Storm continues

MEDFORD, Ore. (May 6, 2021) — Even as COVID-19 vaccines roll out across the country, many communities are still facing challenges from the pandemic and the organizations that support them are still seeing unprecedented demand. For organizations that are also supporting the rebuilding efforts from last year’s Labor Day Storm, the demand is even greater.

In spite of the odds, local programs that address critical issues such as food insecurity, homelessness, domestic violence, child abuse, elder issues, mental health and community safety have continued to find creative new ways to deliver help quickly and safely, even while facing additional budget constraints.

As part of the company’s commitment to supporting its communities, PacifiCorp Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Pacific Power, is donating more than $525,000 across the six states it serves. The funding goes to support a total of 209 safety and wellness grants as part of the most recent round of quarterly grants provided by the foundation each year. The next grant cycle is now open through June 15; organizations may apply online.

“We celebrate these heroic organizations that have continued to reinvent and reimagine ways they can help our communities’ most vulnerable,” said Christina Kruger, Pacific Power regional business manager for Medford. “Although we see brighter days ahead, Pacific Power remains deeply committed to supporting the work of these organizations, helping to fortify our communities, so they are strong and resilient.”

The following grants were given to Southern Oregon and Northern California organizations providing critical safety and wellness programs:

  • Asante Foundation for the purchase of clothes washers and dryers and new linens for the Francis Cheney Family Place, a guest residence for out-of-town patients and family members who are receiving care at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern Oregon to provide credit counseling to low-income residents to help them overcome poverty.
  • Friends of the Children of the Klamath Basin for essential mentoring services for at-risk children during the pandemic to help them become strong, resilient community members.
  • Great Northern Services for helping supply free summer lunch services for children in disadvantaged communities throughout Siskiyou County.
  • Hornbrook Community Association for ADA restroom improvements as they rebuild a community space after the area was devasted during a wildfire.
  • Illinois Valley Family Coalition to help maintain essential services, including emergency food boxes, for this community that has been affected by the pandemic and wildfires.
  • Klamath Basin Senior Citizens’ Center for supplying nutritional support to seniors through Meals-on-Wheels and critical transportation services.
  • Klamath KID Center for a new hot water heater for this facility that has provided essential daycare services for the area, even during the pandemic.
  • Pregnancy Hope Center to initiate a car-seat program and a safe-sleep program for low-income families to help reduce Klamath County’s high infant mortality rate.
  • Siskiyou Family YMCA to help renovate and refurbish the gymnasium that, in addition to providing a space for recreation, also serves as space for community events and a childcare program for frontline workers.
  • Sky Lakes Medical Center’s Klamath-Lakes CARES program for crisis response to at-risk children, especially during COVID-19 restrictions.
  • St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Food Pantry for purchase of a generator and food supplies so the pantry can continue to help families and individuals in Jackson County who are struggling with food insecurity.
  • Upper Rogue Community Center for an emergency backup generator for the center which serves as an emergency Red Cross disaster shelter for the Shady Cove area in Jackson County.
  • Wilderness Trails to provide camping experiences to help the health and well-being of at-risk and foster youth from Southern Oregon.