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Avista Year-End Giving Tops $239,000
Energy assistance, food banks, and Toys for Tots receive donations

Dec. 30, 2013: Community non-profits are an important safety net for so many individuals and families in our service territory, providing assistance that helps those most in need meet the costs of housing, food and medicine, keep their homes warm this winter and have a little something to celebrate the holidays. Avista Corp. and Avista Foundation have made year-end donations totaling more than $239,000 to non-profit organizations to help accomplish these goals.
 
Energy assistance donations total $200,000
Nineteen community service agencies in eastern Washington and northern Idaho will receive a total of $200,000 to make grants for energy assistance to qualifying Avista customers who are in need this winter and who have exhausted all other available energy assistance resources.
 
The funds come from a Washington state tax credit Avista receives for the company’s Low-Income Rate Assistance Program (LIRAP), which is administered through community action agencies serving Avista customers who live in Washington. LIRAP provides energy assistance to Avista customers using qualifications similar to the federal government’s Low-Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
 
The organizations receiving the donations were 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 receive over $35,000
For those with limited income, feeding their families can be one of the biggest challenges they face each month. Food banks in Washington, Idaho and Oregon will receive $400 donations, either directly or through a distributor, for a total of $35,886 to help support the vital safety-net services they provide.
Through theirbuying 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.
 
Toys for Tots donation totals $4,550
Each year, Avista employees join with the Marine Corps to support the Toys for Tots campaign. This year, Avista launched a fun and interactive way for employees, customers and others to be part of the campaign. The online
Holiday Sweater Generator provided the means to create some holiday fun on the computer. For each sweater generated, Avista donated $1 to Toys for Tots. To date, 3,500 sweaters have been created, and the gallery will remain open through December 31.
In addition to their generous donations of unwrapped toys, employees donated $1,050 in cash, bringing the total donation to Toys for Tots to $4,550.
 
2013 Energy Assistance
 Donations
 
 
 
Aging and Long Term Care SE Wash.
Yakima
$10,000
American Childhood Cancer Org.
Spokane Valley
$10,000
Audubon Park Methodist Church
Spokane
$ 5,000
Caritas Center
Spokane
$ 7,000
Catholic Charities
Spokane
$10,000
Colville Volunteer Food & Resource Center
Colville
$10,000
Green House Community Center
Immaculate Conception
Deer Park
Colville
$10,000
$ 5,000
Light A Candle*
Moscow, ID
$ 5,000
New Hope Resource Center
Colbert
$15,000
Our Place Community Ministries
Spokane
$20,000
Providence Healthcare Foundation
Spokane
$10,000
St. Vincent DePaul
Clarkston
$10,000
Salvation Army of Lewiston*
Lewiston, ID
$10,000
Salvation Army of Spokane
Spokane
$25,000
Scottish Rite
Spokane
$  5,000
Spokane Valley Partners
Spokane Valley
$25,000
Transitions/Women’s Health
Spokane
$ 3,000
Volunteers of America
Spokane
$ 5,000
*Agencies serve customers who live in Washington
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2013 Food Bank Donations
 
ACCESS, Inc.
Medford
OR
Addy Rescue Mission
Addy
WA
Asotin County Food Bank Association
Clarkston
WA
ABC Food Bank
Athol
ID
Bonner Community Food Center*
Sandpoint
ID
Colville Volunteer Food and Resource Center
Colville
WA
Community Action Center*
Pullman
WA
Community Action Partnership*
Lewiston
ID
Community Connection of Northeast Oregon
La Grande
OR
Connell Food Bank
Connell
WA
FISH Roseburg
Roseburg
OR
Idaho Food Bank*
Lewiston
ID
Gem Community Citizens Projects Group Inc.
Hayden
ID
Kettle Falls Community Chest
Kettle Falls
WA
Klamath Lake Counties Food Bank
Klamath Falls
OR
Lincoln County Care and Share
Davenport
WA
Loon Lake Food Bank & Resource Center
Loon Lake
WA
Medical Lake Food Bank Association
Medical Lake
WA
Montana Food Bank Network, Inc.*
Missoula
MT
Northport Food Bank
Northport
WA
Northwest Harvest*
Seattle
WA
Othello Food Bank
Othello
WA
Our Place Community Ministries
Spokane
WA
Peaceful Valley Neighborhood Association
Spokane
WA
Post Falls Food Bank, Inc.
Post Falls
ID
Priest River Food Bank
Priest River
ID
Ritzville Food Pantry
Ritzville
WA
Second Harvest Food Bank of the Inland Northwest*
Spokane
WA
Senior Citizens of Chewelah Valley
Chewelah
WA
Sojourner's Alliance
Moscow
ID
Spirit Lake Food Bank
Spirit Lake
ID
Spokane Valley Partners
Spokane
WA
United Community Action Network
Grants Pass
OR
Valley Food Pantry
Valley
WA
Washington Gorge Action Programs
Bingen
WA
Washington State 4H Foundation
Puyallup
WA
West Bonner County Food Bank
Priest River
ID
Cheney Food Bank
Cheney
WA
Odessa Food Bank
Odessa
WA
Rathdrum Community Food Bank
Rathdrum
ID
Warden Food Pantry
Warden
WA
* Distributor for donations to outlying food pantries
 
About Avista Corp.
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 364,000 customers and natural gas to 321,000 customers.  Our service territory covers 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.5 million.  Avista's primary, non-utility subsidiary is Ecova, an energy and sustainability management company with more than 500 multi-site commercial and utility customers, representing more than 450,000 sites.  Our stock is traded under the ticker symbol "AVA."  For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.
 
About the Avista Foundation
The Avista Foundation, established in 2002, focuses its giving on grants that strengthen communities and enhance the quality of life for people served by Avista Utilities in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, southern Oregon and Sanders County, Montana. 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,
·         economic and cultural vitality – supporting projects that help communities and citizens to grow and prosper.
 
Information on the Avista Foundation is available at www.avistafoundation.org . The Avista Foundation is a separate, non-profit organization established by Avista Corp. The foundation does not receive funding from Avista Utilities customers through rates.

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