Bellevue-based Puget Sound Energy donates $200,000 to 24 nonprofits

The ‘Powerful Partnerships’ will help families in need and protect the environment.

Puget Sound Energy is partnering with 24 nonprofit organizations across its 6,000-square-mile service area to help families in need and to protect the environment, the utility company recently announced in a news release.

In addition to selecting organizations committed to environmental conservation, as PSE did in 2017, this year’s ‘Powerful Partnerships’ also include partners with a commitment to human services. These partnerships allow PSE to enhance community engagement and awareness by focusing its giving efforts.

“PSE has provided energy to communities across Washington for 145 years, so it’s important for us to work with organizations that share our commitment to our customers and the environment,” said Andy Wappler, PSE Vice President of Customer Operations & Communications. “By partnering with two different sectors this year, ‘Powerful Partnerships’ will help us do two things— extend our reach to customers who need help staying safe and warm and continue our commitment to protecting the environment.”

Funding will allow organizations like the Washington Trails Association to continue making improvements on trails throughout the state.

“Through our Powerful Partnerships award, WTA is pleased to have the opportunity to work with PSE to inspire thousands of people to explore our wild places through hiking and give back to public lands through trail stewardship,” said WTA Development Director Kate Neville.

World Relief Seattle, Washington’s largest refugee resettlement agency, plans to develop a new education program centered on helping PSE’s newest customers understand the connection between energy conservation and bill savings as well as how to use energy safely.

“Many refugee newcomers have spent time in areas where energy is not readily accessible and as a result, may improperly manage their energy use,” said Katie Stoppler, World Relief’s orientation and service coordinator. “This partnership with PSE will help us educate our clients on the connection between usage and high bills and challenge them to conserve power. This is important because households with high energy burdens are more likely to accumulate unsustainable debt and end up trading off other essential expenses such as food and rent. We see this as an investment in their future security and their new communities.”

Our 2018 partners include:

· WSU Island County Extension

· Oak Harbor Senior Center

· World Relief

· Renton Area Youth Services (RAYS)

· Cascade Bicycle Club

· Vashon-Maury Land Trust

· Great Peninsula Conservancy

· Helpline House

· Hope Source

· Pope’s Kid’s Place

· Youth Marine Foundation

· Harbor Wild Watch

· Korean Women’s Association

· Volunteers of America

· Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County

· Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group

· Washington State University- Snohomish County

· Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County

· Puget Sound Estuarium

· Family Support Center

· Senior Services for South Sound,

· Sustainable Connections

· Lydia Place

PSE has announced its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint 50 percent by 2040, and these partnerships are essential to helping PSE create a better energy future, officials said.