In the Community
PacifiCorp and our employees have a stake in the communities we serve. Our poles, power lines and trucks are the most visible sign of our presence. However, it is our hands-on participation in local community initiatives that has the most enduring impact.
Throughout our service area, our employees and volunteers work with a variety of community agencies to improve the environment, provide food and shelter for the underprivileged and enhance educational opportunities.
Here are some ways we’re focused on supporting the well-being of our region.
The PacifiCorp Foundation is one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. Created by the company in 1988, it now operates as the Pacific Power Foundation in Oregon, Washington and California and the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho.
Through charitable investments, the foundation supports the growth and vitality of the communities where PacifiCorp and our businesses have operations, employees or interests.
Since 1988, the foundation has awarded $58.5 million to nonprofit organizations, of which nearly $2 million was awarded in 2015.
Community Giving Campaign
Across PacifiCorp's six-state service area, hundreds of PacifiCorp, Pacific Power, and Rocky Mountain Power employees combine to contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to local community giving campaigns focusing primarily on the health and welfare of some of our neediest neighbors.
For more than 80 years, United Way has helped people through a crisis, providing a hot meal, a warm bed, job training, a safe home, quality child care, health care and much more. The United Way helps people meet their immediate needs and provides them with the tools needed to change their lives.
Recent activities include:
- Food drives and volunteer work at local food banks
- Clothing and toiletry drives for women and children in shelters
- United Way days of service
- Races and rides for various causes (Race for the Cure, Tour de Cure)
- Earth Day and beach cleanup events
- Rebuilding Together (repairing the home of an elderly or disabled customer)
- Adopting families for the holidays
- Work on a home for Habitat for Humanity
- Initiating a “green team” to support sustainable practices in the office
Keeping Customers Warm
Helping less fortunate with high bills
Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power work with local nonprofit agencies to help eligible customers with energy expenses through the installation of energy-efficiency measures and through bill payment assistance. These agency relationships benefit everyone. They help customers manage their bills and energy use, and they give customers needing help referrals for other needed programs and services.
Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power provide funding each year to energy programs that assist households in need, and provide opportunities for customers to contribute to energy assistance programs as well.
The Community Energy Project offers free home weatherization services for low-income senior citizens and people with disabilities who live in Portland. PacifiCorp employee volunteers and others install energy-saving materials — just a half-day of work can help someone stay warm and save energy all winter long.