SALT LAKE CITY — Community organizations are facing unprecedented challenges and demand for vital services. Through Rocky Mountain Power’s charitable arm, the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation has committed $311,500 for immediate support to critical community-serving organizations in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho.
From providing free meals for children during school closures to deploying resources and support to small businesses and care for seniors, community-based groups throughout the West have put out a call for assistance to support local COVID-19 initiatives.
“Food banks and other critical community organizations are serving all those in need of extra help and are under tremendous strain right now,” said Gary Hoogeveen, Rocky Mountain Power president and CEO. “The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation is committed to supporting these vital community organizations that depend and survive on contributions like this.”
Agencies include the Utah Food Bank, Catholic Community Services of Utah, Cache County Community Food Bank, Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership, Salvation Army and the Boys and Girls Club of Glenrock.
“We are honored and humbled by this generous donation from Rocky Mountain Power Foundation,” said Ginette Bott, Utah Food Bank president and CEO. “With so much uncertainty in the future, it will go a long way in helping us respond to increased need as economic fallout from this crisis continues, especially for the 374,000 Utahns facing hunger."
Looking for ways to help? Follow the links to learn how to support these organizations’ vital work.
Rocky Mountain Power is also helping business owners who are impacted by COVID-19 to pay their power bill by suspending disconnects due to non-payment, waiving late fees, offering flexible payment arrangements and referrals to resources made available through the government aid package. The company encourages business owners and those who are self-employed, independent contractors, or sole proprietors to use the resources available through the state’s partnership with Silicon Slopes for help navigating the applications for COVID-19 forgivable loans: http://www.SiliconSlopes.com/COVID19. It is urgent businesses apply for COVID-19 forgivable loans as soon as possible, funds are limited and will be allocated on a first-come basis.