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Avista contributes $100,000 for area energy assistance programs
18 non-profit organizations receive funds to help clients with winter heating costs

SPOKANE, Wash. Jan 3, 2012: Avista will partner with eighteen community service agencies in eastern Washington to make grants for energy assistance to qualifying Avista customers in need this winter. Avista has contributed a total of $100,000 to the agencies for customers 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 eastern Washington’s community action agencies. LIRAP provides energy assistance to Avista customers using qualifications similar to the federal government’s Low-Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
 
“The organizations that received these donations were identified by Avista’s CARES representatives (Customer Assistance Referral and Evaluation Service), who are specially trained and who work closest with our most vulnerable customers,” said Dennis Vermillion, president of Avista Utilities. “Community non-profits are an important safety net for so many in our service territory. They provide assistance that helps those most in need meet the costs of housing, food and medicine, and in keep their homes warm this winter.”
 
In addition to the CARES contributions, Avista and its employees donated more than $226,000 to Project Share in 2011 to further support energy assistance within our service territory.

2011 CARES Donations
 
Organization Name
City
 
ACCOIN
Spokane Valley
$ 3,000
Cancer Patient Care
Spokane
$15,000
Caritas Center
Spokane
$ 1,000
Catholic Charities
Spokane
$ 7,500
Colville Volunteer Food & Resource Center
Colville
$ 5,000
Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center
Spokane
$ 1,000
New Hope Resource Center
Colbert
$  2,000
Our Place Community Ministries
Spokane
$10,000
Saint Augustine’s
Spokane
$  3,000
St Vincent DePaul
Colville
$  2,000
St. Vincent DePaul
Clarkston
$  8,500
Salvation Army of Lewiston*
Lewiston, ID
$ 3,000
Salvation Army of Spokane
Spokane
$ 7,500
Scottish Rite
Spokane
$  1,500
Spokane Tribe of Indians
Wellpinit
$ 2,000
Spokane Valley Partners
Spokane Valley
$17,000
The Greenhouse
Deer Park
$ 3,000
Volunteers of America
Spokane
$ 8,000
 
 






















*Serving residents of Clarkston, Wash.

Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses.  
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