Employee Volunteers

 
 

Through volunteering, our employees are able to share their skills and values to causes that support strong and vibrant communities. NW Natural magnifies these employee efforts with matching funds and grants through its charitable giving programs.

 
Shivon Van Allen, a volunteer educator at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, helped OMSI develop a new paleontology exhibit using CT imaging technology.

Shivon Van Allen, a volunteer educator at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, helped OMSI develop a new paleontology exhibit using CT imaging technology.

Dollars for Doers

Many employees embrace the company’s value of service by volunteering to worthy causes outside of work.

NW Natural’s Dollars for Doers program recognizes these efforts with grants to those organizations in support of these employees.

In 2018, NW Natural awarded 52 checks of $100-$500 each, totaling $19,600, from the Corporate Philanthropy Fund.

NW Natural’s Scott Ellickson volunteers as a training coordinator for Wasco County Search and Rescue.

NW Natural’s Scott Ellickson volunteers as a training coordinator for Wasco County Search and Rescue.

Volunteer of the Year

NW Natural’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year Scott Ellickson knows the key to keeping skills sharp is practice and training. A NW Natural field service tech who works out of The Dalles, Ellickson moonlights as a training coordinator for Wasco County Search and Rescue.

Ellickson's goal is to make sure that search and rescue volunteers have the skills they need to succeed when they go out to find an injured hiker or a lost hunter. That may mean knowing how to use a compass, tie a knot, build a shelter or boil water in a paper cup.

NW Natural hosts “Alan Trebek” (actor Bruce Broussard) for the 2018 Spirit of Giving employee fundraising campaign kickoff.

NW Natural hosts “Alan Trebek” (actor Bruce Broussard) for the 2018 Spirit of Giving employee fundraising campaign kickoff.

Spirit of Giving

NW Natural employees and retirees came together to give nearly $140,000 in the 2018 fall giving campaign. These contributions get matched by the company’s shareholder Corporate Philanthropy Fund, bringing the total to about $280,000 in donations for regional nonprofits.

The donations are distributed to organizations selected by employees through NW Natural’s nonprofit and federation partners: Black United Fund of Oregon, EarthShare Oregon, Oregon Food Bank, Regional Arts & Culture Council Arts Impact Fund, and United Way of the Columbia-Willamette.

 

Tents and events

 
 

Every region and every season

Whether we’re feeding the volunteers, providing shelter under our tents, or donating our own time, NW Natural contributes to making our region a better place all year long.

Our long-standing tent loan program proved popular again in 2018, with 230 tents going out to provide shelter for more than 60 events. NW Natural’s hospitality and catering delivered the goods as well, serving nearly 15,000 attendees food and beverages at more than 80 breakfasts, luncheons, receptions and cook-outs.

Here’s a look at just a few of the many events NW Natural supported this past year.

 
NW Natural’s Scott Ellickson volunteers as a training coordinator for Wasco County Search and Rescue.