Sabey Data Centers, the Columbia Basin Foundation and Grant PUD partner to Pay it Forward during COVID

EPHRATA – Sabey Data Centers (Sabey), headquartered in Seattle, WA, recently donated 75 Chromebook computers to school districts in Grant County.Sabey operates a colocation data center campus in Quincy, WA.

Sabey graciously chose to contribute to Grant PUD's Pay-it-Forward fund with the Columbia Basin Foundation. This fund provides opportunity for Grant PUD customers to contribute to various projects benefitting the community. With the COVID-19 crisis, the donation of these Chromebooks is timely as some local school districts are struggling to provide computers to assist students with on-line learning.

"Sabey has called Grant County home for nearly 10 years and it is important to us to support the communities we operate in, especially during times of crisis," said Ryan Beebout, Sabey Central Washington General Manager. "Thanks to Grant PUD and the Columbia Basin Foundation we've been able to partner with schools in need of equipment to make sure that technology is not a barrier for kids trying to learn during this challenging time."

Corinne Isaak, Executive Director of the Columbia Basin Foundation (CBF), says, "The Columbia Basin Foundation wants to extend a big thank you to Sabey Data Centers for partnering with us on our Pay-it -Forward efforts. Their generous donation has helped our rural communities to provide access to technology during these difficult pandemic days and beyond. Sabey's charitable gift purchased 75 Chromebooks. Wow! Truly, CBF understands the phrase 'together we are better' because without the generosity of others, we wouldn't be able to accomplish our mission of improving the quality of life and shaping the future of the Columbia Basin. CBF salutes Sabey for providing such an awesome tool for students."

Per Beebout, "Sabey works hard to incorporate innovation into everything it does." In addition to this technology investment in the education of Grant County's children, Sabey also invested recently in an energy efficient cooling system in the newest building on their Quincy campus.This helped Grant PUD fulfill the requirements of Washington's Energy Independence Act (I-937) by achieving cost-effective conservation requirements required by the act.

Prior donations to the Pay-it-Forward fund have gone to support Big Bend Community College's Workforce Education Center, local food banks, education programs for kids, and Share the Warmth.

Grant PUD Commissioners look forward to recognizing Sabey's contribution at a future event. For more information on how to contribute to the Pay-it-Forward fund please contact info@ColumbiaBasinFoundation.

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