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Avista Foundation makes second round of 2010 Grants   

Tags: Avista Utilities, Community Service, Idaho, Oregon, Washington

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One of the best parts of working at Avista – and there are many – is getting to write about how our company partners with community organizations to improve the health and well-being of people who live in our service territory. If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ve seen some of my posts on topics like our CEO’s direct involvement in United Way, our employees’ generous giving to Tom’s Turkey Drive at Thanksgiving, as well as clothing and food banks, just to name a couple of examples.

There’s another way that we partner with the communities we serve – through grants from the Avista Foundation ( The Foundation just completed its second round of donations for 2010. There are always more requests than dollars to support them. That’s why the Foundation’s board of directors carefully studies each request, makes sure the organization is sound and assures the request falls within the guidelines for giving, namely for K-12 education and higher education particularly in the fields of science, math and technology; for assistance to those on limited incomes and for initiatives to reduce poverty; and for projects that help communities and citizens to grow and prosper.

One grant made this quarter will help support a job training program in Spokane for low income and homeless women. The New Leaf Bakery-Café provides job training opportunities for low income and homeless women so they can gain work readiness skills to overcome the barriers to mainstream employment. Tell me more.

Another grant will help complete a new roof at Alliance House in Moscow, Idaho, a place that houses people with severe mental illness, giving them a safe place to live. Tell me more.

And the Foundation also made a grant to Kids Unlimited of Oregon, in Medford, Ore., to support the renovation of a building to house evening, weekend and summer programs so low income kids are more likely to stay and finish their educations. Tell me more.

The people who benefit from these and the other programs receiving grants from the Avista Foundation are your neighbors. They are part of the fabric of our community. We’re pleased that we can be part of weaving the threads together for stronger, more livable communities for everyone.
Posted by  System Account  on  6/8/2010
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