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PacifiCorp participates in community activities and outreach programs throughout its six state service area. Here are just some of the projects sponsored by PacifiCorp and its foundation, the PacifiCorp Foundation for Learning:


PacifiCorp Foundation for Learning Sponsors Childhood Literacy Projects

The PacifiCorp Foundation for Learning - one of the West's largest-endowed corporate foundations - is in the midst of a $1 million, three-year initiative to improve childhood literacy in western states served by Pacific Power and Utah Power.

  • In Oregon, Pacific Power is expanding Project Optimise into six schools. In just one year, the program is demonstrating its ability to help prepare children in the first grade for reading readiness. The program is reaching more than 500 children.
  • Wyoming's Raising Readers delivers books and basic skills in developing reading readiness to parent of children from birth to five years. It expects to reach more than 4,000 children in three years.
  • The Foundation helped expand Motheread/Fatheread to all 77 Head Start and Even Start programs in Utah, reaching approximately 2,400 new families over three years. The Utah Power Fund of the PacifiCorp Foundation for Learning recently received the prestigious Lieutenant Governor's Literacy Award for its efforts.
  • In Idaho, Utah Power launched Parents as Teachers (PAT) Plus to provide in-home and group parenting training for more than 350 children and 185 families. Foundation support adds a literacy curriculum to parenting visits, as well as a "books for preschoolers" component in conjunction with the Dollywood Foundation's Imagination Library.

All projects have similar aims, with different approaches. The Foundation selected the programs because of their innovative and diverse approaches and the participation of proven partners in delivering quality programs. The Foundation is also very active in the Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) program in Oregon. It engages PacifiCorp employees to go into schools and help children improve their reading skills.

In addition to the early childhood literacy initiative, the Foundation is bringing its focus on learning with other grants made from its endownment of more than $35 million. Since its founding in 1988, the PacifiCorp Foundation has made more than 6,000 grants to communities served by Pacific Power and Utah Power.
For more information, visit the PacifiCorp Foundation for Learning website.

Boys & Girls Clubs get a boost with Project Learn

The Foundation recently expanded its funding of the Boys & Girl's Clubs after school program, Project Learn. The program provides 25-35 hours per week of quality after school programs, including leisure reading, writing activities, homework help and games that develop cognitive skills. Studies have shown that Project Learn has had a dramatic effect on academic achievement - participants show an 11 percent increase in their overall grade point average compared to youths in other after-school programs. Project Learn currently takes place in selected Utah, Wyoming and Oregon clubs.


Across the service territory hundreds of PacifiCorp, Pacific Power , PPM and Utah Power employees contributed over $550,000 to two dozen local community giving campaigns focusing primarily on the health and welfare of some of our neediest neighbors. These employee contributions were matched dollar for dollar by the PacifiCorp Foundation for Learning resulting in a total contribution of over $1.1 million.

United Way

For more than 80 years, United Way has helped people through a crisis - a hot meal, a warm bed, job training, a safe home, quality child care, health care and much more. By focusing on four Community Impact areas - Community Wellness, Helping Hands, Successful Kids and Tools for Living - the United Way helps people meet their immediate needs and provides them with the tools to change their lives.

Black United Fund of Oregon

Established in 1983, the Black United Fund of Oregon is a philanthropic, fundraising and community development institution. Their mission is to assist in the social and economic development of Oregon's low income communities and to contribute to the broader understanding of ethnic and culturally diverse groups.

Earth Share of Oregon

Established in 1989, Earth Share is a federation of America's leading nonprofit environmental and conservation organizations working to promote environmental education and charitable giving through workplace giving campaigns. Earth Share is an opportunity for environmentally conscious employees and workplaces to support dozens of environmental groups at once through a charitable giving drive.


Helping less-fortunate with high bills

Pacific Power and Utah Power work with local nonprofit agencies to help eligible customers with energy expenses through the installation of energy efficient measures and through bill payment assistance. These agency relationships benefit everyone. They help customers manage their bills and energy use, and they give less fortunate customers referrals for other needed programs and services.

Pacific Power and Utah Power rely upon the expertise and creativity of agencies across its service area to advocate proper energy management rather than only bill assistance. The utilities commit more than $2.4 million each year to energy programs that assist households in need. The funds also leverage state and federal program grants.

In addition to direct agency contracts, the company places envelopes in its bills to solicit donations to the program from customers, which are then matched by the company.


The Community Energy Project offers Free Home Weatherization 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.

Rebuilding homes

PacifiCorp teams up with Rebuilding Together and the PacifiCorp Foundation to adopt and rehabilitate homes for needy families. Rebuilding Together is the nation's largest nonprofit home rehabilitation program. It provides needed home repair and rehab services for low income, elderly and disabled homeowners and their families in our communities.


Twice a year, PacifiCorp awards grants for selected environmental education projects and activities to nonprofit agencies or groups throughout its service area. Recent grant recipients include the Intermountain Natural History Association, Audubon Society of Portland, Klamath Basin Ecosystem Foundation, Uintah Raptor Rehab Inc. and others.


Kids on the Block Awareness Program

PacifiCorp volunteers help transform 270 tons of sand and 4,500 gallons of water into magnificent sand sculptures each summer in downtown Portland. The beneficiary of this event is Kids on the Block, which uses child-size puppets to help children understand and accept differences in one another, and to protect themselves in difficult situations.

Evening as a Child

Each year PacifiCorp volunteers help put on a fundraiser for Morrison Child & Family Services. Morrison serves children who have experienced abuse, neglect, learning disabilities and serious emotional trauma. Evening as a Child is a fundraiser where adults gather to play games and live as children for the night. Part of the community since 1947, Morrison supports families and annually saves the lives of 5,000 children from birth through to eighteen years old.


Utah Power Salt Lake Scots Pipe Band

Utah Power Salt Lake Scots Pipe Band have agreed to a long term sponsorship agreement. Now in its 41st year, the Utah Power Salt Lake Scots have appeared in scores of parades, programs and competitions throughout the United States and abroad including trips to world class pipe and drum competitions in Scotland. The band has a strong youth program and welcomes new members interested in piping, drumming or Highland dancing.

Utah Power Sponsors Junior Jazz

Utah Power is one of six corporate sponsors of the Junior Jazz Basketball program organized by the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. Through the Junior Jazz program, more than 50,000 youths throughout Utah will be able to participate in local Junior Jazz basketball leagues and learn not only basketball skills, but also self confidence, teamwork and sportsmanship.



Ballet Central

Ballet Central

Ballet Central

Ballet Central

Ballet Central, sponsored by ScottishPower, is the performing company of Central School of Ballet, made up of students in their third and final year of training before they graduate and enter the dance profession.

The company performs to professional standards, presenting a mixed programme of Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and narrative dance pieces, reflecting the high standard and breadth of training at the school. New music and live music are consistent features, as is new choreography by both emerging and established choreographers, contributing to the development of performers and audience alike.

Ballet Central tours England, Scotland and Wales each year, visiting approximately 25 diverse venues from small to large scale. For some communities it is their only opportunity to see live dance, at other larger venues the company competes with dance companies of international acclaim.

The partnership between ScottishPower and Ballet Central began in 2001, for an initial three year period. This has enabled the two organisations to develop a deeper understanding of the mutual benefits of the partnership, to identify new opportunities for collaboration and to increase the number of people who benefit from the sponsorship, particularly through the Community programme. The sponsorship has recently been renewed for a further three year period to 2007.

For further information, please visit the Central School of Ballet website


ScottishPower Pipe Band

Scottish Power Pipe Band

Scottish Power Pipe Band

With international acclaim, world-wide honours and global experience, the ScottishPower Pipe Band is a perfect ambassador for ScottishPower.

The band holds premier status and is a consistent prize winner in all recent major pipe band championships.

Led by Pipe Major Roddy Macleod and Leading Drummer Barry Wilson, the band consists of some of the world's top award-winning pipers and drummers. Roddy MacLeod is the Director of Music at the National Piping Centre, Glasgow, and has won virtually all competitions in solo piping.

Recently, Roddy MacLeod was presented with the prestigious Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award 2004 in the music category.

The ScottishPower Pipe Band holds numerous European and British titles. They have been Scottish Champions twice and are double winners of the prestigious Cowal Championships. In addition, they have secured second place in the World Championships on two occasions.

In August 2004, the ScottishPower Pipe Band won 5th place in the World Pipe Band Championships - a fantastic achievement.

In December 2004,the band released its first CD for eight years. In this album the band performs with two of Scotland's foremost musicians, Karen Matheson and Phil Cunningham MBE. A couple of the tracks also feature session musicians bringing a new and fresh dimension to the band's music.

For more information, please visit the ScottishPower Pipe Band website.


Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

ScottishPower and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), one of Europe's top symphony orchestras, have enjoyed a mutually beneficial sponsorship relationship since 1992. The sponsorship developed further in 1996 when ScottishPower became the title sponsor of the Orchestra's Summer Proms series of "lighter" classical concerts.

The objectives of the sponsorship from ScottishPower's perspective include:

  • Enhance brand awareness
  • Underline ScottishPower's reputation for excellence, and its identity as a trusted brand, through association with the RSNO.
  • Increase accessibility to the arts in line with the company's commitment to corporate social responsibility
  • Continue the musical education programme sponsored by ScottishPower Learning.

ScottishPower have sponsored the RSNO for nine consecutive years, and a further one year sponsorship was agreed in August 2004 for 2004/05.

For more information, please visit the RSNO website.


Ballet West USA at the Edinburgh International Festival

Ballet West at the Edinburgh International Festival

Ballet West at the Edinburgh International Festival

Continuing a long association with the Edinburgh International Festival, ScottishPower sponsored Ballet West USA at the EIF in 2004.

Ballet West, one of the premier professional ballet companies in the US, performed at this year's Edinburgh International Festival for the first time thanks to ScottishPower.

ScottishPower's US subsidiary, PacifiCorp, operates in Ballet West's home base Salt Lake City and has a long established reputation of supporting the arts, particularly dance.

The dancers performed a three ballet program of works by British choreographer Antony Tudor. The program consisted of: The Leaves Are Fading (originally created on Gelsey Kirkland and Jonas Kåge in 1977 at American Ballet Theatre) and Lilac Garden, both of which are currently in Ballet West's repertoire. New to Ballet West is Offenbach in the Underworld, the concluding piece on the triple bill.

ScottishPower sees the tour as an opportunity to continue to strengthen relations between the communities and has incorporated a series of workshops for local children.

For more information, visit the Edinburgh Festival website.


Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre



The Glasgow Science Centre is a £75 million Millennium project located at Pacific Quay on the south bank of the River Clyde, Glasgow in Scotland. It embodies Scotland's heritage as a champion of innovative science and engineering, celebrating the nation which gave the rest of the world numerous inventions and discoveries from penicillin and the telephone, to the pneumatic tyre and the television.

The GSC seeks to inspire, educate and motivate people by switching them on to science, and consists of three main buildings:

The ScottishPower Planetarium is the best equipped planetarium in the UK, giving visitors the opportunity to explore the planets and the solar system within a 15-metre dome.

The science mall is the main building which brings science and technology to life in a series of cutting edge exhibitions and displays over five levels.

The Imax Theatre is Scotland's first 2D/3D cinema, with a capacity of 350 seats. It houses Scotland's biggest cinema screen - 24m wide by 18m high - offering one of the most memorable cinematic experiences in the world.

To find out more, visit the Glasgow Science Centre website


Welsh National Opera

Welsh National Orchestra

Welsh National Orchestra


Our award-winning six-year partnership with Welsh National Opera (WNO) has brought opera to more than 40,000 people in North Wales. The sponsorship supports a week-long season at the North Wales theatre, Llandudno, in November and provides free public performances, concert parties for older people, educational workshops at community centres, mainstream schools and schools for pupils with extra needs.

For further information, please visit the Welsh National Opera website.


Warrington Wolves

Warrington Wolves

Warrington Wolves

ScottishPower sponsors Warrington Wolves' Primary Link scheme, which is an initiative that takes the Wolves' players into the town's primary schools as role models.

The players give talks to school children and also provide coaching assistance. The scheme also involves employees from ScottishPower, who give talks about the dangers of electricity and how to stay safe and who are being trained as coaches.

The main aim of the scheme, which has also received the backing of a grant from Sportsmatch, is to increase and retain the number of youngsters playing rugby thereby increasing the number of children participating in healthy activity. So far nearly 200,000 youngsters have been reached through the scheme.

ScottishPower's aim within the partnership is to promote a healthy local community, educate children about healthy living, the dangers of electricity and safety in the home and enable staff to develop their skills.

For further information, please see visit the Warrington Wolves website


Urdd Eisteddfod

Urdd Eisteddfod As part of its active support of Welsh Language, ScottishPower makes a significant contribution to events such as the Urdd Eisteddfod in June 2004, where the company sponsored the Welsh Learners' pavilion.

As part of this sponsorship, ScottishPower supported a two-month roadshow, which gathered together more than 6,500 primary schoolchildren, in partnership with Urdd Gobaith Cymru, to celebrate Welsh singing and dancing.

Children at the Jamborees sang a specially commissioned song, highlighting the dangers of electricity.

This builds on ScottishPower's long term partnership with the Urdd Eisteddfod, Europe's largest youth festival.

For further information, please visit the website.


Edinburgh Farmers Market

Edinburgh Farmers Market

Edinburgh Farmers Market

Edinburgh Farmers Market

The ScottishPower Edinburgh Farmers’ Market takes place on the first and third Saturday of the month on Castle Terrace in Edinburgh city centre, attracting 6,000 visitors a month.

It has more than 40 producers selling fresh, seasonal and tasty produce ranging from fish, beef, fruit and vegetables to beer and venison.

ScottishPower is supporting the market, which is made up of producers from across the region, as part of its commitment to support rural communities become economically sustainable.

To find out more, visit the Edinburgh Farmer's Market website.





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