BEND, Ore. -

The Family Access Network is the recipient of a $2,000 grant from the Pacific Power Foundation to help support a FAN advocate at Jewell Elementary School, a high needs school in Deschutes County.

The FAN advocate will connect over 250 children and family members to basic-needs including food, shelter, clothing, heating and healthcare.

FAN’s mission is to improve lives by ensuring all children in Deschutes County have access to basic-need services, which aligns well with the Pacific Power Foundation’s mission to provide services through charitable investments to support growth and vitality in the communities served by Pacific Power.

“Pacific Power Foundation is committed to serving our communities. We are pleased to support the Family Access Network in its efforts to connect local children and families to their most essential needs.” said Angela Price, Pacific Power Regional Community Manager.

The Pacific Power Foundation is part of the PacifiCorp Foundation, one of the largest utility endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created in 1988 by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 1.8 million customers in six Western states as Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California) and Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming and Idaho). The foundation’s mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/foundation.

FAN began in January 1993, and currently employs 26 advocates in 43 public schools (K-12) and 3 early childhood sites. FAN’s mission is to improve lives by ensuring all children in Deschutes County have access to basic-need services. FAN is unique to Deschutes County, utilizing advocates to efficiently reach and connect disadvantaged children and families with basic needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, health care and other critical services.

To learn more about Family Access Network, visit www.familyaccessnetwork.org or call 541.693.5675.