Wells Fargo's $5,000 gift to non-profit group will help deaf in Portland enjoy more local television programming
PORTLAND — November 4, 1999
Deaf and hard of hearing residents of Portland are able to enjoy more local television programming, thanks to a $5,000 donation from Wells Fargo to the non-profit organization Self Help for Hard of Hearing People.
The group will use the money to support its "Capture the Moment" program, which provides real-time captioning of local news programs on KATU Channel 2 in Portland.
With the help of companies like Wells Fargo, the non-profit group is able to hire steno-captioners from the for-profit company LNS Captioning of Portland. The LNS Captioning staff captions for KATU's weekly Town Hall show, its morning AM Northwest show, and its news during the week
"This is a great example of people from the public and the private sectors coming together to form a partnership and producing something for the common good," said David Viers, spokesperson for the Portland chapter of the Self Help for Hard of Hearing People.
The $5,000 grant is part of the $300 million that Wells Fargo committed in 1996 to donate to and non-profit organizations and schools in its communities over a 10-year period.
"Since making that commitment, Wells Fargo has donated more than $7.2 million in Oregon. A primary focus of the company's giving is social and human services organizations," said George Passadore, president of Wells Fargo in Oregon.
Established in 1852, Wells Fargo & Company is a $207 billion diversified financial services company providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance through almost 6,000 stores and other distribution channels across North America, including all 50 states, and elsewhere internationally.