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Avista Foundation Awards First Quarter Grants
Grants include new matching gifts program for employees of Avista Corp

Spokane, Wash., April 22// -- Nine non-profit organizations in the Inland Northwest were recipients of first quarter 2005 grants from the Avista Foundation. In addition, 20 non-profit organizations received the first grants from the Foundation's new matching gifts program for the employees of Avista Corp. In total, the Avista Foundation awarded almost $26,000 during the first quarter 2005.

Anne Marie Axworthy, president and chair of the board of the Avista Foundation, said the matching gifts program, which was effective January 1, 2005, is a way for the Avista Foundation to support and recognize Avista employees who financially support qualifying non-profit organizations in their communities.

"The initial success of the matching gifts program demonstrates once again the commitment of Avista's employees to helping others. Our employees are very generous in giving of their time and treasures to support organizations serving others," Axworthy said.

Organizations and/or programs selected for funding in the first quarter are:

. Community Connections of Northeast Oregon, Inc., Medford, Oregon - $2,000 towards the purchase of a new energy efficient dishwasher for the Meals on Wheels program serving elderly and persons with disabilities in Union County, Oregon.

. Mid-City Concerns, Spokane, Wash. - $1,000 for software training to leverage limited staff and to improve and expand the Meals on Wheels program.

. Northeast Washington Education Council, Spokane, Wash. - $2,500 in support of the Spokane Service Team, the AmeriCorps national service program for ESD 101, to build low-income housing and capital improvement projects for agencies serving disadvantaged people in the Greater Spokane community, while providing construction and life skills training for young adults.

. SPOC of Spokane, Spokane, Wash. - $2,000 to provide educational classes and support groups for low-income parents in efforts to help them become self-sufficient and provide better lives for their children.

. Spokane Area Children's Chorus, Spokane, Wash. - $2,000 towards a narrative planning study to aid in the development of a strategic plan for the organization.

. Spokane Valley Foundation, Spokane, Wash. - $2,500 towards expanding transportation services to cancer treatments for low-income seniors and those with disabilities living in the Spokane Valley.

. Transitions, Spokane, Wash. - $2,500 towards implementing a tutorial program in keyboarding, Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point to educate and promote growth and increased self-sufficiency to limited income and vulnerable Spokane-area women.

. Whitworth College, Spokane, Wash. - $5,000 in support of the development of a poverty initiative, which will respond to the region's poverty issues with a comprehensive collaborative program that addresses the systemic issues of poverty.

. YWCA of Spokane, Spokane, Wash. - $2,500 in support of the Women's Resources/Our Sister's Closet which provides free professional clothing to low-income women who are transitioning from corrections or substance abuse treatment, homelessness, and/or unemployed or otherwise financially disadvantaged.

Information on the Avista Foundation is available at www.avistafoundation.org


Debbie Simock




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