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Avista Announces $505,000 in 2015 Seasonal Donations
Total giving for 2015 tops $2.7 million

 
SPOKANE, Wash. – Dec. 21, 2015
:  Avista Corp. and the Avista Foundation today announced 2015 seasonal giving totaling $505,000 to non-profit organizations in the company’s service territories in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska. The funds will help support programs, including food banks, energy assistance, shelter and clothing, and holiday meals. The total value of Avista’s grants and donations for 2015 is more than $2.7 million from both corporate and foundation sources.

“At this time of year, the needs are greatest for food, heat and a way for some families to celebrate the holidays. This year, in particular, with the windstorm that caused so much destruction and inconvenience, it’s important that we step up to provide assistance to those community organizations that help individuals and families most in need,” said Scott Morris, chairman, president and CEO of Avista Corp.

“Our employees and our company have a legacy of community support that dates back to the founding of our company in 1889. We invest substantially in our communities because we care about those who live in the places we all call home. It’s simply the right thing for us to do.”

Funds for Avista Corp. donations come from company profits. They are not included as a cost to customers in developing retail rates. Avista makes a portion of its community investments through the Avista Foundation.

2015 Seasonal Donations:

Project Share:  $225,000

Project Share provides one-time emergency energy assistance to families in need, without regard to their heating source. The funds are distributed through local community action partners in Washington, Idaho and Oregon.

 

CARES -- Energy assistance:  $200,000

Twenty-two community service agencies will receive a total of $200,000 to make grants for energy assistance to qualifying Washington Avista customers who are in need this winter and who may have exhausted all other available energy assistance resources. The organizations receiving the donations are identified by Avista’s CARES representatives (Customer Assistance Referral and Evaluation Service). These reps are specially trained and work closest with our most vulnerable customers and the community agencies that provide support services.

Regional food banks:  $40,000

For those with limited income, feeding their family can be one of the biggest challenges they face each month. Food banks in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana will receive donations, either directly or through a distributor to help support the vital safety-net services they provide.

Through their buying power and relationships with food producers, the food banks are able to leverage donations like ours to bring several times their value to help stock the shelves for those in need.

Additional seasonal giving:  $40,000

Helping agencies meet the needs of vulnerable and low-income residents is an especially difficult task at this time of year. Avista’s support of the non-profits and community partners who step up to help those in need is an important part of our commitment to community vitality.

 

Avista 2015 Seasonal Giving by State

Washington, Idaho, Oregon

Project Share

$225,000

Seasonal

 

Washington

Aging and Long Term Care Southeast Washington

Yakima

$ 7,000

CARES

American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest

Spokane Valley

$10,000

CARES

Audubon United Methodist Church

Spokane

$  3,000

CARES

Big Table

Spokane

$  7,500

CARES

Caritas Center

Spokane

$  5,000

CARES

Catholic Charities

Spokane

$10,000

CARES

Colville Volunteer Food and Resource Center

Colville

$10,000

CARES

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Colville

$  4,000

CARES

Martin Luther King Family Outreach Center

Spokane

$  2,500

CARES

New Hope Resource Center

Colbert

$10,000

CARES

Our Place Community Ministries

Spokane

$21,000

CARES

Providence Health Care Foundation

Spokane

$10,000

CARES

Salvation Army of Spokane

Spokane

$29,500

CARES

Scottish Rite

Spokane

$  5,000

CARES

Spokane Center for Independent Living

Spokane

$  2,500

CARES

Spokane Valley Partners

Spokane Valley

$27,000

CARES

St. Vincent DePaul

Clarkston

$10,000

CARES

St. Vincent DePaul

Spokane

$  3,000

CARES

The GreenHouse Community Center

Deer Park

$  8,500

CARES

Transitions

Spokane

$  5,000

CARES

Addy Rescue Mission

Addy

$400

Food Banks

Asotin County Food Bank Association

Clarkston

$400

Food Banks

Chewelah Food Bank

Chewelah

$400

Food Banks

Colville Volunteer Food and Resource Center

Colville

$400

Food Banks

Connell Food Bank

Connell

$400

Food Banks

Community Action Center

Pullman

$800

Food Banks

Kettle Falls Community Chest

Kettle Falls

$400

Food Banks

Lincoln County Care and Share

Davenport

$400

Food Banks

Loon Lake Food Bank & Resource Center

Loon Lake

$400

Food Banks

Medical Lake Food Bank Association

Medical Lake

$400

Food Banks

Northport Food Bank

Northport

$400

Food Banks

Northwest Harvest

Spokane

$3,000

Food Banks

Othello Food Bank

Othello

$400

Food Banks

Our Place Community Ministries

Spokane

$400

Food Banks

Ritzville Food Pantry

Ritzville

$400

Food Banks

Southwest Spokane Community Center

Spokane

$400

Food Banks

Spokane Valley Partners

Spokane

$400

Food Banks

Upper Columbia Conference

Spokane Valley

$400

Food Banks

Valley Food Pantry

Valley

$400

Food Banks

Washington Gorge Action Programs

Bingen

$400

Food Banks

Washington State 4H Foundation

Puyallup

$400

Food Banks

Cheney Food Bank

Cheney

$400

Food Banks

Odessa Food Bank

Odessa

$400

Food Banks

Warden Food Pantry

Warden

$400

Food Banks

Second Harvest of the Inland Northwest

Spokane

$12,800

Food Banks

Spokesman-Review Christmas Bureau

Spokane

$7,500

Seasonal

KZZU Christmas Wish

Spokane

$2,500

Seasonal

American Indian Community Center

Spokane

$5,000

Seasonal

 

Idaho

Gritman Medical Center

Moscow*

$2,000

CARES

Salvation Army of Lewiston

Lewiston*

$7,500

CARES

Bonner Community Food Center

Sandpoint

$800

Food Banks

Clark Fork Food Bank

Clark Fork

$400

Food Banks

Community Action Partnership

Lewiston

$3,600

Food Banks

Gem Community Citizens Projects Group Inc.

Hayden

$400

Food Banks

The Idaho Foodbank

Lewiston

$3,000

Food Banks

Post Falls Food Bank, Inc.

Post Falls

$400

Food Banks

Sojourner's Alliance

Moscow

$400

Food Banks

Spirit Lake Food Bank

Spirit Lake

$400

Food Banks

West Bonner County Food Bank

Priest River

$400

Food Banks

Rathdrum Community Food Bank

Rathdrum

$400

Food Banks

Palouse Cares Food Drive

Moscow

$3,500

Seasonal

Coeur d'Alene Christmas For All

Coeur d'Alene

$3,500

Seasonal

Christmas Connection

Lewiston

$3,500

Seasonal

 

 

Oregon

ACCESS, Inc.

Medford

$400

Food Banks

Community Connection of Northeast Oregon

La Grande

$400

Food Banks

FISH Roseburg

Roseburg

$400

Food Banks

Klamath Lake Counties Food Bank

Klamath Falls

$400

Food Banks

United Community Action Network

Grants Pass

$400

Food Banks

Grants Pass Gospel Mission

Grants Pass

$500

Seasonal

Grants Pass Salvation Army

Grants Pass

$500

Seasonal

Klamath Falls Gospel Mission

Klamath Falls

$500

Seasonal

Klamath Falls Salvation Army

Klamath Falls

$500

Seasonal

Medford Gospel Mission

Medford

$500

Seasonal

Medford Salvation Army

Medford

$500

Seasonal

Union County Senior Center

La Grande 

$250

Seasonal

La Grande Salvation Army

La Grande 

$250

Seasonal

Roseburg Salvation Army

Roseburg 

$750

Seasonal

Roseburg Gospel Mission

Roseburg 

$750

Seasonal

St. Vincent de Paul Medford

Medford

$5,000

Seasonal

 

Montana

Montana Food Bank Network, Inc.

Missoula

$2,400

Food Banks

Sanders County Veterans Transportation

Thompson Falls

$2,000

Seasonal

 

Alaska

Glory Hole Shelter

Juneau

$1,000

Seasonal

Juneau Salvation Army

Juneau

$1,500

Seasonal

 

* Agencies serve Washington customers

 

 

About the Avista Foundation

The Avista Foundation was established in 2002 with the objective of making a difference in our communities in a positive and sustainable way. It is not funded from customers’ energy bills. Since its founding the Avista Foundation has made grants totaling more than $3 million. The foundation focuses its giving in the areas of:

·         education – K-12 education particularly in the fields of science, math and technology; and higher education including scholarships,

·         vulnerable and limited income populations – providing assistance to those on limited incomes and support for initiatives to reduce poverty, and

·         economic and cultural vitality – supporting projects that help communities and citizens to grow and prosper.

 

About Avista
Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is our operating division that provides electric service to 371,000 customers and natural gas to 330,000 customers. Its service territory covers more than 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.5 million.  Alaska Energy and Resources Company is an Avista subsidiary that provides retail electric service in the city and borough of Juneau, Alaska, through its subsidiary Alaska Electric Light and Power Company. Avista stock is traded under the ticker symbol "AVA."  For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.

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