PGE employees and retirees donate more than $1.57 million to local organizations

Employee-led campaign brings cheer to more than 1,000 nonprofits

Dec. 3, 2015

Portland, Ore. — This holiday season, Portland General Electric employees and retirees pledged more than $1.57 million, including the 50 percent PGE company match, to local organizations and nonprofits. Since the employee-led initiative began in 1999, more than $21 million has been contributed to local communities.

“At PGE, one of our core values is giving back to the communities where we are proud to live and work,” said Kregg Arntson, director of PGE Corporate Social Responsibility and executive director of the PGE Foundation. “Our employees take this to heart throughout the year and every fall during PGE’s annual employee giving campaign by contributing generously to hundreds of organizations doing good work in their local communities and throughout the region.”

Employees hosted 49 fundraising activities during the three-week campaign (Oct. 12 - 30), inspiring their co-workers to donate money and also become engaged with nonprofits on a deeper level, including crab-walks to fight cancer, hot dog-eating contests to raise awareness for juvenile diabetes research and silent auctions for animal safety.

$5,000 has a big impact for Pixie Project

This year, PGE employees are having a meaningful effect on many smaller nonprofits. After a silent auction raised more than $5,000 for the Portland-based Pixie Project, Jessica Berg, Pixie Project development director, said, “PGE’s donations are going to have a huge impact on the animals in our community — the donation could fix more than 85 cats and dogs.”

“One of the things that drew me to working at PGE is how much the employees care about the community,” said Anna Rigby, one of the PGE auction organizers. “I came from the nonprofit sector and could tell from the get-go that employees truly mean it when they say PGE cares. I have adopted two cats from the Pixie Project, Oscar and Scarlet, and I’m so pleased that PGE employees are giving back to this fabulous organization.”

Parking lot run-in leads to first annual motorcycle rally

PGE employees Jessica Sernach and Joe Harrison turned their combined passion for motorcycles into an event that raised more than $2,200 for the Mount Hood Chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse. The two met after parking next to each other at a company event. Sernach sensed a common interest with Harrison, which prompted the two to organize the first annual PGE Motorcycle Rally.

“It feels great to be able to combine a hobby with fundraising efforts and receive additional support from your workplace,” Harrison said.

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