Staff volunteering at Food for Lane County
EWEB in the Community 01/02/2017

As a customer-owned utility, our commitment goes beyond the water and power we deliver. Throughout our 106-year history, we have remained vitally connected to the people and neighborhoods we serve. We give back in the form of grant funding, local sponsorships, charitable giving, and employee volunteerism. In 2016, the utility gave more than $2.4 million to help meet local needs in education, energy assistance, sponsorships and environmental protection. That total includes more than $500,000 in grants to local school districts and the awarding of $100,000 as part of our Greenpower grant program.

Our employees volunteered more than 800 hours in the community and donated more than $50,000 to local non-profit organizations. One example is employees' monthly visits to Food for Lane County, helping the organization package and repurpose donated food for distribution to those in need. Employees also have spent many hours helping to rehab homes for our returning veterans in need. EWEB's signature community event, the Run to Stay Warm, raised more than $47,000 in 2016 - bringing the 10-year total to more than $216,000 to assist low-income families.